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tigerlife36
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Flight Booking Strategy
I'm taking the family to D.C. the weekend before Thanksgiving (23rd) and returning on the 27th. I could have booked several months back and was consistently getting prices online between 375 and 475 per ticket. Most strategies said to wait until September to book so I checked today and prices have shot up and most are sold out on the early flights. Did I totally screw up by not booking earlier? Any chance the flight prices drop before then?


Porkchop Express
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
Did you check all three airports in the DC area? (IAD, RCA, and BWI)


tigerlife36
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
Yeah I checked them and it seems that DCA is the most convenient as it's right by all the attractions. It might cost as much to get a Uber from Dulles to downtown.


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re: Flight Booking Strategy
You generally aren’t going to get “deals” when you have a specific destination and dates in mind. The reason why people are able to find great airfare is because they look for deals and worry about destination and dates later.

In your case, it’s possible that you’ve screwed up. You just have to monitor it. Look at Google Flights often at all nearby airports and also look at Kayak which may tell you if the price is likely to go up or down.

If your dates have a day or two of flexibility than plug that in as well.


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Snoop Dawg
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
No need to Uber from Dulles. Take the Metro. There’s an express shuttle linking the airport to the current terminus near Reston. Eventually the Silver Line will be extended to the airport.


Porkchop Express
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
They actually might be done by late November. Currently working on the underground walkway to the terminal from the Dulles station.


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GOP_Tiger
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
Why do people not check Southwest? You can fly nonstop MSY-DCA for $280.96.


tigerlife36
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I'm in Monroe, LA. It would be a long drive to NO or Dallas. I'm stuck with United, Delta, or American.


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Porkchop Express
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I used the Hopper app, and it said ticket prices from Monroe to DC will probably go up $48 between now and November 7th.

They said to buy now.


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Mikey Ballgame
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I believe most studies on this say that the best time to buy is around 60 days in advance, but NOT if you are traveling on or around a busy travel holiday. I'm that case, the further in advance the better, which your situation seems to support.


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CuseTiger
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I havent really seen any late october or november deals. There was just a quick fall sale two weeks ago through mid october-ish, but i'd bet there will be another sale soon


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Clark W Griswold
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I’ve never believed the myths about when to book travel. If I find a price I like I book it.


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2 Jugs
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Member since Feb 2018
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
I am seeing

Round trip: Shreveport to Washington, Nov 23 - Nov 27

United-$448
AA-$469
Delta-$472


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gptigerfan
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
Have you checked Jackson MS? American has a direct flight available.


tigerlife36
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
That’s a great suggestion. I had no idea it was direct.


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TheDeathValley
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re: Flight Booking Strategy
quote:

Most strategies said to wait


Usually the case except when

quote:

the weekend before Thanksgiving


You are traveling on/around the biggest holiday of the year.


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