(Closed) A month away, and they STILL haven't bought plane tickets….

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Equine_Breeder:  Yikes. My friend’s husband did this for his daughter’s graduation this spring. He waited and waited because he thought the price would go down. It never did and by the time he decided he should probably order the tickets, the plane filled up and he refused to fly out of any other airport.

Hopefully your dad buys the tickets. it is risky waiting. It is also risky getting to the airport and asking for a ticket then on a wing and a prayer.

Post # 5
2278 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh no! 🙁 I hope your Dad buys the ticket soon!

Post # 6
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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@Equine_Breeder:  If your siblings are buying their own tickets, they should just buy their tickets.

I’m confused why your dad thinks waiting is a good idea.  I’ve never seen plane tickets go down, only up.

Post # 7
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Very tricky situation. On the one hand, getting mixed up in your parents’ business is usually a bad idea. However, this is your wedding, so it becomes your business in this case.

If your financial situation allows, maybe look into buy the tickets for them – even as a “loan” if they might take it better that way.

Otherwise, perhaps consider giving your father a deadline. “Dad, we need this settled. Please buy the tickets by ____ (date), or I’ll have to talk to Mom about it.” I know it sounds like a threat, but really, you should not have to be worrying about this.

As for your siblings, I say give them the heads-up now, in case they can make other arrangements to buy their tickets.

Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m going through a similar situation! Our wedding is nearly a month away and my fiance’s dad still has not purchased his plane tickets to fly out to AZ for our wedding. He doesn’t fly, so he is very clueless how to go about everything. We’ve been on his case so many times, but nothing ever gets settled. There was a $99 sale going on, but he waited and is now looking at over double the price. So frustrating. He also waited to get his tux measurements in til the last minute, so boy oh boy…does that cause stress for the bride and groom or what?? Annoying, huh?

Post # 9
1275 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Why doesn’t he buy tickets from Orbitz or a website that will give him money back if the price goes down? 

Post # 10
3370 posts
Sugar bee

@Equine_Breeder:  Oh lord. He really should look up tips for buying plane tickets. 6 weeks ahead, I believe is the general lowest buy time. Also buy on a Tuesday, I believe, that’s when they change prices. I can’t remember exactly because I haven’t bought a plane ticket in a year and a half.

Post # 11
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Apple_Blossom:  +1

Why don’t your siblings just buy their own??

Post # 12
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mother does this.  Last year she was going to buy my plane ticket home and would make me check the prices every day and every day say “we’ll check tomorrow.” She ended up paying about $150 extra for my ticket. ;-

The CEO of my company does this too…so it’s not just parents who do it. o-O And he KNOWS every single year when we need to have tickets bought by and ever single year we play the “wait and see” game.


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