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Southwest BOS <-> LAS pricing tip - check inside 7 days

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Chuck2009x, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    Southwest's prices for summer between BOS <-> LAS have started high and stayed high so far. Well over $200 and many in the high 200's and 300's.

    But I've noticed something the last few weeks that I hadn't seen SW do (or at least never noticed) - they appear to be discounting days besides Tue & Wed inside 7 days from departure. So some Thu-Fri-Sat flights that probably never got anywhere near $200 since they went on the board are getting priced at $172 in both directions.

    If you have a SW flight booked, might be worth setting a reminder to check during the last week before you go. Before I noticed this recently, I would hardly ever check the last week because Wanna Get Away prices were either sky high or more often, pulled completely.
     
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  2. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    Great info. Thanks Chuck! Agreed, Very unlike SWA, as they normally jack up the prices as the travel date approaches.

    Nick:beer:
     
  3. karens625

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    My flight for the 24th just dropped this morning. When I first booked, just a few weeks ago, it was $173 to Vegas. This morning, $109. Had to call to book new fare. Could not log in because that part was down for maintenance. This is the second time it has gone down in the last 2 weeks. Makes me feel better, because I don't think I have ever paid that much for a flight from PDX.
     
  4. bshowell

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    Hmm something to watch for
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    This is true generally, but I've seen exceptions and jumped on a couple. Our cheapest SWA flights out of MDW and STL have both been within 2 weeks of departure.
     
  6. Flowers

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    Thanks for the tip!
     
  7. djslots

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    Actually, booked SW back on May 9th, round trip 2 people sat through thurs and got it for 647.92. Bos <-> Las of course, the cheapest I've seen it afterwards is around 671. The price I got it only lasted a day or 2 at that point. We're going from 9/24-9/29 and I can only envision the prices going up with so many things going on around this time in Vegas.
     
  8. Chuck2009x

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    Start watching the "Flexible Dates" calendar for a couple of weeks and notice what's happening inside a week.

    $650 RT for 2 people is very good though, I don't expect you'll be able to beat that.

    My return flight is on a Saturday in July, it's been $250 or over, although I was able to snag $217 on one day and then it went right back up. It's not my ideal flight time, and I do see better times getting priced at $172 inside a week, so I'm hoping to snag both a better flight and a cheaper price eventually.
     
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  9. djslots

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    Yeah I'll definitely keep an eye on it of course. Thing that really sucks is that since I live in Newport, I would prefer to fly out of PVD, but the pricing has been horrendous, and it's actually cheaper to drive and park in BOS, then to just fly out of PVD. I almost considered to just bite the bullet and drive to Newark, where flights were going for 500 roundtrip and direct as well, but then time is money (3 hr drive) and parking at Newark just sucks as well.

    On another note, Spirit Airlines had cheaper flights but I was not too crazy about departure/arrival times. (Along with baggage fees) $492 for my current dates, arrive at 7:50pm on Sat and arrive back at 7am on the 30th the next day.
     
  10. archie1959

    archie1959 Low-Roller

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    I have a BOS LAS flight via Southwest Arrive 8-26 depart 8-28 for Super Contest weekend at the Westgate. Westgate is a comp via a contest.I thought 605 round trip was a bit high but after reading the posts 605 seems OK. But I check SW web site just in case of a fare decrease.
     
  11. TomBrady'sLoveChild

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    You guys should fly JetBlue out of Boston. Flights have been on sale this year for $129-$149 this year. Going in 2 weeks for $300 round trip. Plus the flights are non-stop. Southwest does not offer non-stop to Vegas.
     
  12. archie1959

    archie1959 Low-Roller

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    Jet Blue was choice one for me. But when the cheapest flight was $267 to LAS & $732 for BOS for the non stop flights it was out of my budget. Sometimes you have to suffer with those 1 stop flights.
     
  13. Irishkicker23

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    Wait... I am confused. When you book a flight and the price goes down, you can call and book the new price? I am booking a flight from BOS->LAS for Sept 7th and returning Sept 12th. $172 for one leg and $206 for the flight home on a Monday. If those go down, how do I get my fare reduced?
     
  14. Irishkicker23

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    How long in advance did you book? That is a pretty sweet deal for non-stop.
     
  15. djslots

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    Jetblue for us was expensive, was looking at over a grand for the flights plus baggage fees for our dates. Plus the flights back would not work out since they all land pretty much in the morning the next day.

    If you're a frequent visitor to Vegas or fly using southwest a lot, you can always cancel and rebook and with the extra money you save can be applied to the next flight you take. I believe you have up to a year to use the credit.
     
  16. Irishkicker23

    Irishkicker23 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for info. For me the times of the Southwest flights work better with my schedule as well.