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Best Time to Buy?

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Rumdranker, Dec 9, 2012.

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  1. Rumdranker

    Rumdranker Low-Roller

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    When is the best time to buy vacation packages (air + hotel)? I would like to book a trip for late March.

    Should I bet on after Christmas or after New Year's? Thanks in advance all ideas including hotel choice and travel site welcome.
     
  2. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    Best Time to Buy

    I go to Vegas four to six times a year and have seen no pattern regarding best time to book. For those of us who must fly, the biggest variable is airfare. For hotels, it's whether there's a major event like COMDEX in town or whether your stay involves Friday/Saturday nights.

    Book when there's no big convention and stay weekdays, and odds are if you are vigilant you can probably find a good deal at some point. I do that by subscribing to the airline sale emails for the airlines that fly from Seattle to Las Vegas. They send "sale" emails almost every day, about 90% of which are not truly sales. But on occasion there will be a very good one.

    For example, I'm going for a week in mid January with a friend. Total cost for good day-time non-stops on Southwest (bags checked free!) and a week in an El Cortez tower room is $402 for the two of us (not each). It was a one-day sale Southwest had a week or so before Thanksgiving. The next day the same trip was over $700. I thought maybe they'd repeat it for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but they didn't. When you see a good deal you have to act - the real sales don't usually last long.
     
  3. petp13

    petp13 Low-Roller

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    like mark said airfare the biggest variable. ive found around 6-8 weeks is a good time to book.

    tip; airfare is generally cheaper on wednesday mornings.

    for my last trip i was looking at the price predictor on bing travel and found it to be fairly accurate.

    what i didnt know then that i know now is that you DONT earn credits on your players card for hotel stays booked through a 3rd party site (orbtz, expedia). if thats important to you.
     
  4. Iu25

    Iu25 High-Roller

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    Im not sure where you are located, but I am coming from Indiana and I found airfare going home on April 2nd for $70. I was pretty happy about that. IT seems the cheapest days to fly on Frontier airlines is tues or Weds. I got our flight out straight thorough via SW for $170 each way, not great but I can't complain for RT for less than $500!
     
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