Ticket prices change at 12:01 AM (usually ET) Tuesday morning.
Prices increase significantly once you cross the 21 day threshold to flying.
I fly 4 or 5 times a year for leisure (and I'm not an OT balla, so I have to watch how much it costs....)
Some things you need to do:
- Decide where you would LIKE to go during the year, and roughly what time of year.
- Sign up for all of the budget airlines' (Frontier, Southwest, AirTran, JetBlue) email alerts.
- Be prepared to purchase the tickets the day you get the email. We have a "travel" credit card, that is used only for plane tickets, etc. that we keep paid off and ready to roll at any time.
- Familiarize yourself with what airlines go where, and what it generally costs. That way, you'll know if you get a good deal.
- Don't forget to check airports within an hour of where you live. Baton Rouge has three: BTR, NO, and Laffy.
Example: We're flying into Baltimore on Wednesday, to visit some folks in the greater Northeast. I got an AirTran email back in December that had great prices with a 48 hour window to purchase the tickets. Our non-stop flights from New Orleans to Baltimore are less than $150 each, round trip.
I probably haven't paid more than $300 per seat to fly in the last 5 years.
ETA: So, it's either 12:01 AM Tuesday or Wednesday. I've always used Tuesday.
Anyway, another point... avoid flying on Sunday, Monday and Friday. That's when people fly most often for business, and the airlines know this. You can save a lot of money by changing either your departure date or return date by a day.
Also, get to the airport early. If your flight is full, and they look for volunteers to fly later, offer to do so (if you don't have anything pressing to do) if AND ONLY IF, they offer a free round trip ticket for you. Screw a dollar amount voucher, if you bump voluntarily, 9 times out of 10 they'll give you a free trip.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 10:51 am