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Old 02-22-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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Airlines use extremely complex and extremely secret computer algorithms and "yield management" models to set fares, and they can and do fluctuate daily, even hourly. The computers monitor supply and demand nonstop, they look at how the competition's doing and what's happening with fuel prices. They look at weather models to see if the planes are going to burn more fuel fighting headwinds or save money with tailwinds. They are a LOT smarter than you or me.

Read all about it - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yield_management

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Yes, I have experienced this several times. For international flights ,Even If I browse tickets for a particular day, after a couple of searches that fare would be gone. Thats why I sign up to alerts rather than hitting the site with queries.

And Best time to buy airline tickets? When I have the required money.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Set a fare alert on kayak and when they reach your comfort level book. Has worked well for us every time including $165 flights Christmas week domestically.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:17 AM
 
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Set a fare alert on kayak and when they reach your comfort level book. Has worked well for us every time including $165 flights Christmas week domestically.


Can I do this for a flight to Europe? What would be a "good" price??
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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The best time to buy is when the price is equal or less than what you are willing to pay.

No gimmicks.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Can I do this for a flight to Europe? What would be a "good" price??
You can set fare alerts between any two places in the world that have scheduled commercial air service. I've got probably a dozen set up for different routes.

As for good price, that can vary widely with starting point and whether your home airport is generally competitive or a single airline had more than 50% of the passenger count. I live in a Delta fortress area and joke that it takes the first $250 of the plane ticket to get me to Atlanta.
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:32 AM
 
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During festivals or off season and mostly if you done advance booking of flight tickets then you will get discount..
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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You can set fare alerts between any two places in the world that have scheduled commercial air service. I've got probably a dozen set up for different routes.

As for good price, that can vary widely with starting point and whether your home airport is generally competitive or a single airline had more than 50% of the passenger count. I live in a Delta fortress area and joke that it takes the first $250 of the plane ticket to get me to Atlanta.


I'm in Denver which is a major United Hub. I would want to set my preference from NYC to CDG as it's easy for me to get to NYC with different options.
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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I'm in Denver which is a major United Hub. I would want to set my preference from NYC to CDG as it's easy for me to get to NYC with different options.
Keep an eye on Icelandair- they're a quasi-low cost carrier that's been doing transatlantic for probably 40 years at this point. Poking around on their web site for a few random dates in April, I was finding DEN-CDG in the $700s with a connection in Reykjavik. Icelandair also permits stopovers in Iceland for a few days as part of their ticket prices if you want to check out the glaciers, hot springs, and nightlife there.
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