14 Days advance enough time??

Jan 8th, 2004, 04:00 PM
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14 Days advance enough time??

We would like to fly to Dallas from Syracuse the end of Feb. We will probably leave around 2/26 and return 3/4 .Our traveling dates are flexible but we need to be there for an event on 2/29. I'm wondering how long I can wait to purchase the tickets. I'm thinking I would like to wait until about 2-3 weeks before 2/26. There are several airlines to choose from right now with the same pricing. Is this risky? Probably sounds like a dumb question but thought I would ask.I may be overlooking something.
 
Jan 8th, 2004, 05:57 PM
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Katy, if you can get a good fare now grab it. Only you know what a "good rate" is for you. Generally, the earlier you book, the better the fare. Once you get into late Feb/early March you are getting into "Spring Break" w/ a lot of people travelling. I wld book now.
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Jan 8th, 2004, 06:23 PM
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14 day or 21 day advance purchase requirements are typical for fare sales, like the one United is offering now but which ends on Jan 16.

Travelocity shows the lowest fare between those two cities between now and the end of December is 285. Use that as you base good rate. I tried different dates around your travel dates and the lowest fare I got was about $325. Other nearby dates cost $400. You could also save $50 by driving to Rochester.

One thing you might do is see what the fares are 14 days from today.

Is it risky? Yes, of course: you know today what the price you would pay if you bought the ticket today. You don't know what the price will be tomorrow.
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Jan 9th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Thank you for the prompt replies. I expect to pay $311-325. I saw $280 but that is without the fees which brings it up to about $316. We do not want to travel to Rochester. Syracuse is all ready a 1 1/2 hour drive and it just isn't worth it to us. We have illness in the family and hopefully in a few weeks we should know if we will be able to make the trip...nothing like needing to be in 2 places at once!! I saw trip insurance for around $22 each. I might look into that.
 
Jan 9th, 2004, 11:15 AM
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"I saw $280 but that is without the fees which brings it up to about $316."

Where did you see this? Who is charging $36.00 in additionall fees?

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Jan 9th, 2004, 12:31 PM
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Curious,
Usair.com shows $280. It states on the calander page that prices do not show all fees and taxes.I go to the flights page and have $280 checked but once I choose my flights it comes up $320.40!!..actually I was off a few dollars. Northwest gives the price including the fees and taxes but when you break it down the fees are $118 for 2 flights for a total of $622.80. Interesting!
 
Jan 9th, 2004, 12:34 PM
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Curious,
Oh....I forgot to ask...did you think the fee was high or low??
 
Jan 11th, 2004, 05:37 PM
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Those are the normal taxes and fees that are added to your airfare. They explain what the fees are on their web page ("passenger and facility fees", "Sept 11 fee", etc.)
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