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Old 07-22-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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> For flying at Christmas, you worry more about getting the days that you want and less about getting a bargain.

That's pretty much my experience. Typically I buy around Thanksgiving, but then I am willing to be flexible. Christmas Day usually has high availability.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Really it's a crap shoot. Holiday travel is expensive, I've been looking at fares from Newark NJ to FL and they are outrageous.
Same thing last year, we were set on driving but I kept searching and in late October early November I found air from Newark NJ to West Palm Beach for $289 RT PP non stop on United. Okay we were going to Cape Coral but 2.5 hours across Alligator Alley beat the hell out of two days driving.

They were early AM flights all the flights after were over $500 PP but we managed. The night before we were to fly home booked a hotel right by the airport for $89.00 as the flight home left at 5:35AM.

Also if you are going to need a rental car start shopping as those prices go through the roof over the holidays especially in places like FL.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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[quote=njkate;35755316]Really it's a crap shoot./QUOTE]

Ain't that the truth. I have yet to understand why airplane ticket fares fluctuate so much from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour! There is no rhyme or reason to it, it seems.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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His 17 year old brain.
Yep. Pretty much as I thought.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:49 AM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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Sometime now or in August.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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On a related subject- while domestic Thanksgiving travel is insane, it can actually be a very reasonable time for a quick international trip. Usually you need to be close to an international hub to get best pricing, but I had a coworker a few years back who got a screaming turkey weekend deal from our local wee connect to anywhere Delta-dominated airport to Tbilisi, Georgia that included a 22 hour stopover in Paris.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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How much flexibility do you have? If you can manage to fly out on Christmas Day morning and come back on New Year's morning, you can get a moderate discount on usual holiday rates, and a much less crowded airport scenario.
I used to always fly out on Christmas day, airport was like a ghost town and not a packed flight.

That is not the case anymore, people learned that little tidbit
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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I used to always fly out on Christmas day, airport was like a ghost town and not a packed flight.

That is not the case anymore, people learned that little tidbit
That's the truth! I tried it a couple years ago ... it was one of the worst travel experiences of my life.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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Sounds like a good question for Clark Howard.

I listened to this guy all the time when I lived in Atlanta and he came across as a real airline-ticket-wizard.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:23 AM
 
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I never bother with timing (airfare, laptops, jeans, etc.). If I am comfortable with the price, I buy it. My time and efforts are worth more to me than trying to monitor, predict, agonize over saving a few hundreds of bucks.
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