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SW fares seem high around Christmas and late March

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Bernie2, Aug 18, 2015.

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  1. Bernie2

    Bernie2 High-Roller

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    I've been checking different dates in December around Christmas- New Year and they seem pricey to me. Also looking at the end of March with an early return in April and pretty much the same thing.They seem higher than last year this time.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Christmas - supply and demand
    Late March -March Madness? Supply and Demand
    Week of CES - same thing
     
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    nhcris High-Roller

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    I think Easter is late March this year, too
     
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    There were news reports that the optimal time to book for the holidays was somewhere around this time. Christmas fares will keep going up unless people just have reservations on hold that aren't completed soon.
     
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    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    Don't give complete credence to those news reports. Generally, the best time to book is about 45 days out, though holidays may be different due to demand. Often, there are cases where holiday fares go down.
    Sure, it's crapshoot, but I am holding off on my Christmas bookings until later.
    One strategy of airlines is to have artificially high prices months in advance to catch those consumers that automatically buy well in advance, regardless of price.
    Biggest factor is supply/demand.
     
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    At the time they are the same as they were last year out of OKC, $216 for Christmas Eve, despite the 45 days out rule some go by the last 4 trips we never saw the flights drop below that price at any time aside from T-W flights which were still 180.
     
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    We have a similar problem in Hawaii with airfare being expensive.

    Some times to remember:

    Beginning of January, kids going back to school, people returning from their new years holiday.
    Right before Christmas, people going home for the holidays.
    March and April - Spring break, many people fly and take their kids during their breaks.
    May - end of school year and start of summer.
    Holidays - people taking off to go on vacation.
     
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    It doesn't matter if I believe it. It matters if people see it and rush to start to book. Just the searches will drive fares up.
     
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    I think the airlines also "anticipate" the rush and so raise rates during those times of the year. As it gets closer and they aren't filling up the plane they may lower prices but usually it looks like they just keep the prices high even though the plane won't be filled. Like the $5 or $10 tables versus $25 tables I could never understand why airlines don't drop prices to fill up the plane. I see flights from Honolulu being 1/3 empty, yet the airlines don't drop prices to fill up the plane more.
     
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