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Old 07-03-2008, 05:03 PM
 
Location: South
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Just wanted to vent on my frustration with rising airfares...

For a couple weeks I have been looking at fares on Delta for Pensacola, Florida to Los Angeles (LAX) for mid October. They had been $390 which I thought was a great deal! Sure enough, finally get the money and ready to purchase today.. This morning was $520 and tonight $570. I thought prices could only change once a day??

I want the old days back!
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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Just wanted to vent on my frustration with rising airfares...

For a couple weeks I have been looking at fares on Delta for Pensacola, Florida to Los Angeles (LAX) for mid October. They had been $390 which I thought was a great deal! Sure enough, finally get the money and ready to purchase today.. This morning was $520 and tonight $570. I thought prices could only change once a day??

I want the old days back!
Wow thats quite odd, Air New Zealand the airline overhere have just put their International and Domestic prices up again for the countless number of times.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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And they are going to continue rising and rising until the oil producing countries decide to lower their barrel prices. So look for big hikes through out the year. If you know you are needing airfare down the line in the future, book it now, you'll save over paying for it later. We booked two months ago for flights in August at 1/2 the prices quoted now. The airlines honor those prices.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:46 PM
 
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Darn, I am going all the way to Taiwan and Bangkok this fall for only just over $800 r/t. I only booked a couple of weeks ago.
I am even luckier when it comes to stateside flights. Southwest gives me more tickets than I can use. I only have to pay the security fees. Our family is going to East Coast next month for $40 and home to the Midwest for Christmas for another $40 (that is total for 4 of us). I give the rest of the tickets to my friends and family so they can come visit.
OK sorry, didn't mean to rub it in
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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Airfare rises don't really worry me too much, sure they go up alot but its the same with gas, its something that just going to happen.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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Just wanted to vent on my frustration with rising airfares...

For a couple weeks I have been looking at fares on Delta for Pensacola, Florida to Los Angeles (LAX) for mid October. They had been $390 which I thought was a great deal! Sure enough, finally get the money and ready to purchase today.. This morning was $520 and tonight $570. I thought prices could only change once a day??

I want the old days back!
They didn't rise. What happened is each airline on each flight has so many seats at different price levels. Depending on if you want fully refundable or no changes/no refunds depends upon the price of the ticket you will purchase. Same for how many days out - the further out is usually the lowest fare. The airline might have had 4 seats at $180 each (each way) and someone has bought those now. So you were bumped up to the next lowest catagory. Notice the codes for the fares your quoted and you can see that it was a differet fare all together. If your trying to purchase more than 1 seat see what fare comes up if you only purchase 1 instead of 2 or more. You might be able to get at least 1 ticket for less IF there happens to still be a lower fared seat left.
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: on an island
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We are definitely getting nickeled and dimed here and there, with baggage fees, fees if we want paper tickets, and yes--fuel surcharges.
Aren't fewer planes flying now? So when they fly, they usually are full.

Have a look at this:
Airfare Hikes Timeline

and this:

European Fuel Surcharges
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: TX
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Flights to JFK from Los Angeles jumped 12%. I had to booked quickly, before they jumped some more!
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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They're hiking, but you just have to be smart about it. Don't limit yourself to one airline. Search on Orbitz to find the lowest rate.

I thought I got a pretty good deal when I did my booking last night. $117 (including taxes/fees) for a one-way from Tampa to Boston in mid-October.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Why not track the fare for a week and see if it goes down a bit. This site helps. There are other sites that accomplish this.

Good luck!

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