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Air Fares Revisited
September 13th, 2009

Air fare is confusing. russian custodia iphone x tyui15307 It shouldn’t be, but it is. Prices change quickly, vary from source to source and there are a large number of potential myths surrounding when, where and how to book airfare.

A reader recently posted several questions on one of my blogs regarding just this, and since I am sure she is not alone in her inquiries, I wanted to revisit the topic of booking airfares. cover iphone 6 pelle personalizzate 852aqz

1. Does it matter what day of the week you book your flight. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max coldplay a head full of dream Z3563 Case All of the “discount travel” experts on the talk shows say you should book on Wed to get the lowest fares. cover iphone 11 stephen curry iphone Is this really true?

This is a long-debated question. There are a lot of people who say book on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, or to book at midnight or some odd hour of the early morning. wind waker custodia iphone x tyui296 This may have some base in truth, however, with so many recent changes in the industry, these days it’s more about how far in advance you book, your destination, and the current cost of fuel which determines your price.

My advice is to have an idea of what you want to spend on your flight. cover custodia case iphone 11 W9626 wallpaper anime 71bD5 If you find it on your first try, book it! If you do not, watch it (or better yet have your travel planner watch it) over a week or so. If it doesn’t decrease, you can either wait and try again or book it. If it seems to be increasing, snag it – it will probably only go up from there. coque iphone 12 I always suggest not playing the odds – I’ve seen way too many clients end up paying more because they tried to wait for prices to decrease.

2. coque samsung galaxy note9 How far in advance should I book a domestic flight? It seems like anything too far and the flights are really expensive, but then if I wait the flights are booked up.

Airlines are decreasing their routes and number of flights between cities, which is causing a lot of full and over-booked flights. Again, start checking early and when you if you find a price that is desirable, book it. fjallraven kanken classic backpack royal blue ox red I would say for domestic, book at least a two to three months out if possible. fjallraven kanken mini backpack navy warm yellow If you are flexible in your dates, many sites will compare prices within a span of several days so that you can choose the most affordable. brick fjallraven kanken backpack mini

For international flights, I recommend four to six months out. cover custodia case iphone 11 N4044 wallpaper dedsec 75jG8 Most of these routes are flown once per day, if that, so flights fill up quickly. coque iphone xr fjallraven kanken kids backpack peach pink cover iphone 5 con coltello 470kxx Even if the price decreases slightly, for most people it’s worth the few extra dollars to know that they’re on the flight!

3. cover custodia case iphone 11 T0313 tanjiro wallpaper 65uW7 Am I better of booking my flight through one of the travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity? Or should I go directly to the airline website? Where am I likely to see the best prices and options?

To the discount travel sites – NO! What many people do not realize is that when you book through those sites, they become your travel “agent” (using the world very loosely). coque samsung galaxy note5 cover custodia case iphone 11 V7982 venom wallpaper 67sQ0 Therefore, if you need to make any changes, or if the flight itself changes at all, you cannot deal with the airline but must deal with the site’s call center, in which you are receiving the same impersonal service given to thousands of others who are also having flight trouble. cover personalizzate per iphone 6s 759lna In addition, they do in fact charge service fees, just as a travel planner would. So for those who want to book it themselves so that they don’t pay travel planner fees, they actually are!

Airline websites have become more competitive in their pricing, especially for domestic routes. They are not a bad bet, and in this case you do have the power to deal with the airline. However, you then have the task of determining which airlines have the best routes and availability and comparing their pricing, times and services.

Personally, and not just because I am one, I suggest dealing with a travel planner, especially if it’s a complicated itinerary (more than a quick round trip) or if you simply don’t have the time or energy to research various airlines, routes and price comparisons. cover iphone 11 mark landers This way you have a professional that can handle your booking as well as any issues or changes that arise, which saves you time and frustration. forest green and ox red fjallraven kanken backpack mini Again, it sometimes comes down to peace of mind.

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