Post # 1
I’ve been trying to figure plane tickets pricing lately and looking to get my Fiance to come over for Christmas , but they are just too high! Cheapest is 300 for a flight from Chicago to VA! It only takes an hour and half..ugh..
Anyone going through that? also anyone know when flights get cheaper? (weird question I know.)
Post # 3
Depending on age or if you are a student sometimes you can get a better deal. We use sta.com and studentuniverse.com alot.
Post # 4
If you sign up for frequent flyer miles with Delta and tell them what your most traveled short trips are they let you know when the flights get cheaper. I am not in an LDR but travel a lot for business and I am aloud to use my own frequent flyer miles number to collect (total bonus) Weekly they send me “discounted flights”. They are always for the same flights I normally take for business. Could help.
Post # 5
I used to always look on http://www.sidestep.com for flights but it really just shows all of the different airlines. Good luck!
Post # 6
Honestly – I’m excited when I can get plane tickets for about $300 (especially around the holidays – that’s a pretty darn good ticket price)! If you want – use Bing.com to track the ticket price. It can tell you if there is a decent chance of the flights you’re looking at decreasing in price.
Post # 7
If you are not deadset on Christmas, trying looking at the week after.
I was originally going to fly out to CA for the week of Christmas, but it was over $730!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I checked prices for a week later – now I’m flying out on new years eve – getting into San Diego in plenty of time to celebrate NYE, and staying until Jan 8th and it was only $460.
Post # 8
Christmas is really rough–we ended up having him use a free ticket voucher from one trip where he volunteered to take a later flight (buying the ticket for Christmas would have been over $700!).
I think this website is a great tool to find cheap fares–in addition to seeing all the airlines’ fares for a particular set of dates, you can find what weekend of a particular month is cheapest, etc. You can’t book through the site, though, need to go to the airline’s site to do that.
I also use this site to track flight pricing; you can set a target price (like, “alert me when it goes below $300”).
We feel lucky to at least be doing the LDR thing between two major markets where there’s at least a lot of competition to keep fares down…. I have a bunch of sub-$250 fares to LA and San Francisco booked for this winter.
Post # 9
I definitely feel you on this one. Everyone I’ve talked to says it’s cheapest to fly in on Christmas day and fly out on New Years Day. It sucks, but that’s what Fiance will be doing. So I’ll get about 6 days with him…it really blows. I simply cannot wait until we are together every day!
Post # 10
Ugh, i know what you mean, I am in NJ and my Fiance is in Texas. We have relied on Orbitz.com and kayak.com for price alerts on what is cheapest. I tried all of the online sites like priceline, etc but have had the best luck with Orbitz. I wish we werent at the mercy of those airfares but they are brutal when you add in bag fees and all ofthe little costs as well. I also appled for and got a credit card thru US airways to earn frequent flyer miles and that has been the biggest help of all. I researched what airlines were “ours” and went on their websites to find the best deal for the card and other perks. This time of year is the absolute worst for high fares, but of course is so worth it when you can be in their arms !!! Good luck and Happy holidays to you !
Post # 11
Try adjusting the dates. You might have to travel on a holiday or go to a different airport but it could be cheaper.
Post # 12
I usually hop around different sites but I’m pretty limited because only Continental and American service my local airport and getting to a major airport is a bit of a hassle as my old go-to ride left my city to move closer.
I actually found that American is cheaper on their site then on a discount site, not sure why and they aren’t my 100% favorite to fly but they are decent.
Post # 13
I think everyone has covered the bases with suggestions, but my fiance and I were long-distance for almost a year, so I completely feel your pain. Just keep in mind that it will end eventually! 🙂 Be strong!!
Post # 14
My Fiance is flying in Dec 30th til Jan 5th so we are missing christmas he is flying to Toronto from NYC and the ticket cost about 350 with tax. We are used to the expense at this point
Post # 15
I just have to say that this has been driving me insane lately. We went to washington in August and it was around $400 per person but to fly into portland it was going to be almost $550. What the hell is the difference. Ugh sorry. I hope that the two of you can be able to see eachother over the holidays without breaking the bank!