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Old 08-08-2014, 07:40 AM
 
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I need to travel for Xmas and I know the dates/times I need. Will prices be cheaper this far out or should I wait until October to buy? I know the general rule is 8 wks but what is the rule if its around a holiday?

Usually I can fly any day 24/7 for about $150 round trip on this route (and can sometimes get as low as $130), but the tickets are going for about $200 now.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:19 AM
 
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There really isn't a general rule anymore. Everyone will have a different opinion of when it may be cheaper, and they may or may not be correct. Airfare is pretty unpredictable these days. I would use a fare tracker (Hipmunk is one example) and keep an eye on the price.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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The fare tracker idea is good, but I also think you should just wait longer in general. What is this route BTW? That might help to know. A couple months beforehand is usually the best and I have noticed that if you look too long in advance, the prices could he just as intense as buying the night before.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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Price aside, at least if you book now you may have more chance of getting the flights that you want and you can work around those known times and dates.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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The fare tracker idea is good, but I also think you should just wait longer in general. What is this route BTW? That might help to know. A couple months beforehand is usually the best and I have noticed that if you look too long in advance, the prices could he just as intense as buying the night before.
Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:09 AM
 
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Check Bing's Price Predictor. Other than that there are a lot of factors to take into account.

In my experience, the best prices are on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9:00pm and Midnight.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:58 AM
 
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Check Bing's Price Predictor. Other than that there are a lot of factors to take into account.
Bing Travel's airfare price predictor is gone, but not forgotten
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:09 AM
 
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My MIL once complained to my husband that it was April and he had not booked her xmas tickets to visit us yet.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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I don't think it worked correctly for me once. Unfortunately.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:18 AM
 
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Overall airfares are going up. What a typical fare was last week or last Christmas is no indicator of what it would be this year. Personally I'd buy it now. waiting to save $50 is like cutting off your nose to spite your face--it could likely go to $400 without warning. Are you willing to take that chance?
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