Post # 1
We are going to St. Luicia for our honeymoon on the Monday after our Saturday wedding. We live in Philadelphia. It seems as though American Airlines is the only carrier that flies there daily and has a pretty decent total trip time. My only issue is the price, currently the cheapest I have found is approx. $1300. Was just wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions or average prices? Some people are saying buy it now, others are saying wait, others say gas prices going up are going to effect air prices…just not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Check out Kayak.com. You can search most airlines at once and you can set up a price alert so it’ll email you when prices drop. I did a quick search for you (no idea when you’re planning on coming back… I assumed a week) and the flights look to be about $700 per person round trip.
Post # 4
no real idea on this, but my husband mentioned seeing something in the USA Today about flight prices being cut after August 20th – but that may have been for fall flights only. Worth checking in a few weeks though!
We booked flights for our June HM in January, for reference. No idea if that was good or bad!
Post # 5
Oh yes. Forgot to mention… we booked tickets for the HM to Costa Rica about 5.5 months ahead of time. Then the airline screwed something up and we had to rebook about 3 months before the honeymoon, and prices had dropped by about 25%.
Post # 6
For an International flight, usually the best prices are right around the 45-90-day range unless it is a special event destination (i.e. anyone waiting till 45 days before the Olympics to buy their flights to London paid an arm and a leg for them). On domestic flights it’s usually closer to 30 days but no closer than 21 days.
Airlines know that anyone booking 6-8 months in advance has to be in a specific place on a specific day and they will charge accordingly before lowering prices to lure bargain shoppers.
BTW the cost of fuel has little relevance to most airlines’ pricing as most (not all) airlines sign long-term contracts called hedges where they agree to buy X amount of fuel per month for the next Y months at a cost of $Z. Fuel hedges are usually a multi-year contract. So crude oil can go up all it wants and Exxon or whoever is still selling that fuel to the airline at the same cost as last year. There are only a couple of airlines that do not hedge their fuel contracts, but tbh the current batch of hedges were written when oil was super high so the un-hedged airlines actually did better than the hedged ones for quite some time. Regardless, that fuel cost is a fixed cost in most cases, and for the airlines that do not hedge, they really cannot go too much higher on their ticket prices for fear of losing customers to the competition.
Post # 7
90 days out is usually your best bet. Prices will probably drop until then, then they may go back up or even yoyo a bit after that. Prices also tend to drop on Tuesdays, and I would avoid purchasing them around holidays or weekends as a general rule.
Post # 8
You could also use one of the guarantee price companies who will send you a refund check for the difference in price if the price drops. That’s how we booked our flight. The only thing is they don’t reimburse until a couple months after you fly since they wait until the flight has occurred.
Post # 9
The Tuesday price drop is a myth!
Start a spreadsheet and use Kayak to find the best prices. Record what day you looked, what website, price and flight you found. Try looking at all different times of the day and you will notice the flight trend especially since you are so far back. Book around the 3-4 month mark when the price drops.
We booked tickets to Paris for $620/pp. Original search was $770 and than it jumped to $820 and dropped to $620. We watched the same flight the whole time cause it was the cheapest and ended up booking through the airline as opposed to another site. Very happy with the result!
Post # 10
We booked our trip to St.Lucia MONTHS ago. The flight straight there was $2800 so we settled on a flight with THREE STOPS for $1300.
So just get started now with researching your flight and comparing
Post # 11
Book them while they’re cheap – there’s nowhere for them to go but up! We are booking our hm flights soon (for March) because they are reasonably priced at the moment and don’t want to miss out on cheap fare!
Also – book them separately for each of you – you can sometimes save $ that way!
Post # 12
I know some airlines send emails to there member clients on seat sales which has really helped us. We dont fly internationally but mostly we go home 2-3 times a year and always book on a 50% off sale and weve saved a lot this way. I would say book 3 months ahead however because airlines mark up there prices right before the travel date since they know they can get it out of desperate last minute travellers.
Post # 13
i book flights all of the time not just for ourselves but for my family. i find that usually 60-90 days ahead of time is good. keep an eye on the prices (check daily) so that you know when it is a really good price.
if you are not set on a particular date, the better.
Post # 14
@baletrina: Interesting. I didn’t know the Tuesday price drop was a myth, but you’ve definitely inspired me to do some research.
It also occurred to me that if you’re okay with waiting a couple days after the wedding, scheduling the flight out for a Monday or even better, Tuesday, will probably save you some money. Also, it’s a great idea to scout out airfares through sites like Kayak, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. etc., but once you’ve found the right pricepoint and airline, go to that airline’s website to book the flight. If you’re not a direct customer of the airline, you are less likely to get good customer service if say, your flight is cancelled or you need to make changes to the flights.
I’m not sure if booking separately will save money or not, but be aware that sometimes airlines will switch plane types closer to the date you’re flying to accommodate more or fewer passengers, based on their ticket sales. As a result, people’s seats can get jumbled, and they won’t know to keep your seat next to your husband. This happened to me on an international flight once, and I was not happy, to say the least. If it’ll save you money to book that way, just watch and make sure they don’t reassign your seats.
Post # 15
Wow! Thank you so much for the tips and suggestions! I have been checking daily and the prices have fluctuated but not much. The average seems to be about $1300. We are leaving on the Monday after the wedding and returning on the Saturday. It was almost $1000 cheaper with the hotel to stay 1 less night.