Post # 31
Ive looked up some of these airlines! You have all made them sound very nice. I found out that our airport only flies United, American and Southwest and a smaller charter plane that can get us to the nearest hub to fly other options. This is probably why I have always flown southwest x) I did notice the cheapest flights are usually 40-something days before you depart so we might wait a while and check again since we still have about 4 months until we leave!
Post # 32
Of the airlines you listed I’ve only flown United and my experience has been ok with them. But my SO is a pilot for Southwest so I’m sure they’re great too! Haha. Wait until you’re 2-3 months out and then check prices everyday…they fluctuate a lot.
Post # 33
Emirates is my favorite as well, but that obvs isn’t going to help any in this situation.
I am assuming you mean it is $1,800 for two Southwest flights? I’ve had crap luck on United but we call it luck for a reason… I’ve had good and bad experiences on most airlines (and my worst customer service experience ever was dealing with Southwest).
If you really want to fly Southwest but it costs more, you could always book and just monitor for price drops. I think a lot of people don’t realize you can get refunds when the price dips. If you book with cash it comes back in the form of a credit towards future travel but if you book with points you can straight up get points refunds. I booked a March flight to the Bahamas back in September and I’ve already got refunds for FOUR price drops.
Post # 34
themoonofhislife: Southwest is usually my preferred, because it’s almost always the cheapest. I used to fly JetBlue a lot and loved them, but the prices have gone up.
I’ve only flown United once and my flight was cancelled at my layover airport (after having been delayed by an hour several times), it was the last flight out to my destination, so I had to fly to an airport a couple hours further away or stay the night (I flew to the other airport, my ride had to drive further) and my bag didn’t arrive until several days after I did. Not using them again.
Post # 35
Jet Blue. They have personal TVs, you still get snacks, and the flight attendants are always very friendly and helpful.
Post # 36
I fly. A lot. And have flown since I was 6 weeks old and haven’t stopped!
None of the Major US carriers are ‘less likely to cancel a flight’ over another. That’s silly. It’s possible one cancels more flights out of your airport, in your experience, but that’s not a general consensus.
OP- two things to look at- seat availability and flights to Cabo from your nearest hub.
Seat Availability- yes, typically the best time to buy tickets is 4-6 weeks before travel, BUT, depending on where you’re flying to/from, tickets may all be gone by then. My parents live near a smaller international airport in Florida. There are 3 direct flights/day from me (a hub for American). No other airline flies direct, so I know that if I want to go visit I need to book 3-4 months in advance. If I’m going between Novemeber-January or March (Spring Break) I need to have tickets 8-12 months in advance. Really. There are no seats.
How far is your closest hub? Often (not always) flights out of the hub can be cheaper. When I lived at my parents house in FL it was cheaper and FAR easier to drive to Miami for a direct flight to Europe, versus flying to Atlanta/Dallas/Charlotte/Philly/NYC and THEN to Europe. You say only SWA, United and American fly out of your airport. Well, maybe Delta has a direct flight to Cabo, and with American/United having the local connections, Delta’s flight could very easily be cheaper.
Play around with Kayak.com (use the ‘include nearby’ feature). Also, clear your cookies after you search and before you buy.