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Old 05-06-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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I often times fly home over the weekend on a high frequency route out of Milwaukee. The planes are usually not full. Can I go to the airport and go to the airline desk and ask to fly that same day and get a good deal on a ticket? If I planned on going home and didn't get to it really woudn't bother me since I live so close to the airport and parking is very cheap. Do airlines do this or would the price of the ticket be really high?
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Sorry, I dont know of any airline who still does this. Try one of the ticket consolidators...Orbitz, etc....that's probably as good as its going to get. Walk up fares are usually awful, even on day of travel.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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The airlines place a premium on last minute walk-up fares, the effect is the opposite of what you want to accomplish. The only way to do what you want to do is work for an airline or know someone who does to get you a "buddy pass".
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I tried doing that once, it would have cost me $1500 for a 55 minute flight.

It is possible in some other countries, but not the USA.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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That's sad that airlines would rather fly planes at less than full capacity versus selling last-minute stand-by tickets at a discount.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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I often times fly home over the weekend on a high frequency route out of Milwaukee. The planes are usually not full. Can I go to the airport and go to the airline desk and ask to fly that same day and get a good deal on a ticket? If I planned on going home and didn't get to it really woudn't bother me since I live so close to the airport and parking is very cheap. Do airlines do this or would the price of the ticket be really high?

Not really. Last minute fares are some of the MOST EXPENSIVE fares out there.

However, if you fly Southwest, there is a way you can do it. Book a weekend fare a minimum of two or three weeks in advance. If you decide to go, you have the ticket. If NOT, rebook it for another weekend as there is NO CHANGE FEE. Sure, you will have some money ties up in prepaid fares BUT that should not be an issue if you are doing it frequently.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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With yield management the airline know most of the planes are flying mostly full, The last minute walk up are priced that way, so they can pay to bump someone off the plane, and pay them off. Even if there were extra seats, they would not discount them to get any warm body on the plane. What that would cause it the last minute flyer to not book there seats 1 week out, and just take there chance of getting a deeply discounted seat. If you have the time to kill, over a few flight cycle there is bound to be a few open seats, the airline does not want to 'discount' them for those types of passengers.
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