Post # 1
We bought a Groupon to go to Ireland for our honeymoon based on researching airline prices that seemed really cheap!
Today we went to book the plane tickets, and the $720 roundtrip tickets are now, surprise surprise, sold out. The next cheapest is like $1000. Should I book now or should I wait? I don’t know the best way to play this for the best pricing…Not to mention we need to leave/be back on specific days. Eek! What should I do, guys?
Post # 4
Book now! You don’t know if they will go up or down, but it’s AT LEAST AS likely that they will keep going up. You will have such relief when you just book.
Post # 5
Book Now!!!! If they go down (if) it will be the week of or day before or during a sale. If *if* you are lucky enough to get a sale, it likely won’t be the day you need to travel. I think you just need to suck up the extra $280 and buy.
Post # 6
I don’t know where you’re based but $1000 seems like a pretty good deal. If you want to save extra money you could always add in a stop, makes things a lot more reasonable even if it is a longer traveling time.
Post # 7
When is your honeymoon? Is it also in November?
Buying international flights is tricky. You should buy about 2-3 months out for the best price. Flight prices will go up during the summer and down during the rest of the year. Right now, prices may be up but if you wait until August or September, you might get a better price. Lastly, you should always buy and try to fly on a Tuesday because flight prices are the best at that time.
Post # 8
Definitely tricky since gas prices are on the way down… I think that Orbitz may have a price guarantee where they’ll refund the difference if a customer books the same flight for less after you?
Post # 9
Your best best is to look at about 3 months. I also suggest getting price change notices from Kayak or wherever to stay on top of flights you’d be interested in.
Post # 10
We booked our flight to Paris in late January for April. We were able to get round trip for cheap!! Our flight there was only $125!
Post # 11
I agree with @AlwaysSunny: the best time to buy int’l tickets is 2-3 months before. And it doesn’t make a HUGE difference, but you can also save a few bucks by buying your tickets on a weekday during working hours. And if you do all your research from one IP address (like your home internet) and then book from another (at work) you might be able to save a small amount for each ticket. (Websites give the lowest prices to new IP adresses in hopes of gaining new customers). I’m not sure where you are flying from, but $1000 really isn’t a bad price if your departure city isn’t NYC. If I were in your position, I’d wait until September after Labor Day to buy the tickets, but I am used to buying tickets pretty last minute. If it saves your sanity to buy them earlier, then do that. Good luck!
Post # 12
Man, thanks for all the really helpful info, guys! Since we’re flying out of New Orleans, we have to fly to a bigger hub (Chicago/Houston) to get overseas. So it’s a tad more expensive. And yes, we’re going the week of Thanksgiving. I’ll try these strategies for sure. Thanks, everyone!
Post # 13
Why don’t you fly to Baltimore, DC, Philly, NYC, or Boston instead of Chicago? They’re all closer to Europe… Or even Atlanta…
Post # 14
@peachacid: Actually I just booked (with Orbitz, reebee!), and we’re flying through Philly. I decided to do it now so I could have the peace of mind of knowing that it’s done AND that I can get refunded money if subsequent tickets are sold for a less expensive price.
Just glad it’s done, I guess, but a little sad that we’re paying $620 more total for tickets!