Post # 1
My husband is getting out of the hospital today and I wanted to see him this weekend. We checked ticket prices Sunday night, and they were fairly reasonable but I didn’t book them at the time because we weren’t sure when he’d be released from the hospital, or if his command’s schedule for this weekend changed. So when I looked at ticket prices again this evening, the fare had skyrocketed by almost a grand! I sometimes hear about people snagging great last-minute deals. How?!
Post # 3
you never get to choose the destination. you can sign up in aa.com for last minute deals and see what they have
Post # 4
Follow the airlines’ twitter and facebook accounts. Usually they’ll post things on there. You can also call the airlines directly and inquire about military discounts. I noticed you used the word “command schedule” in there. You can also hedge your bets and do the Priceline/Hotwire name your price flight although you might end up with a few extra layovers.
Post # 5
He’s the one who’s active duty, and I’m not sure if any military discount extends to spouses. However, I suppose I could have him book the tickets and apply the discount (if there even is one) since he’s paying. I just hope they don’t check for my dependant ID because I don’t have one. (Long story, Hawaii takes 2-3 months to send a marriage certificate in the mail and we need an original copy to get the ID for me. I have it now, and getting my dependant ID is one of the things we were going to do this weekend.)
Unfortunately, my travel schedule isn’t very flexible. I have to be getting there Friday evening and leaving monday morning.
I’m going from Newark to San Diego. With a 50 minute layover in Austin, the price isn’t too terrible and I’d still be arriving at 4:30pm… Tight connections make me nervous though. I’d rather be bored in the terminal than risk missing the plane, so I try to leave myself over an hour when I’m booking flights with a connection.
Post # 6
In my experience, you really don’t get cheap last minute airfare. You get it cheap early, sometimes cheap a bit out if the load is light, but the prices increase in the week of the flight.
Vacation packages and cruises are a different story.