Airline tickets up or down?

Old Jul 6th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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Airline tickets up or down?

I don't want to get yelled at for being a cheapskate. I know no one has a crystal ball but does anyone think airline fares will drop after the summer. I am taking my family of 5 from South Bend IN. to Orlando in Dec. right now fares are about $280. per person. Which I don't think is to bad. In the spring fares were about $250. If they drop back to $250. the $150. would be worth the wait.
Any input would be great. Thanks, Thomas.
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Old Jul 6th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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Early December or over the holidays? Saturday stay? (From some airports and with some carriers, it doesn't matter. From others, it can matter a lot.) Weekday return or will you want to return on a Sunday? Departing for your trip on a Friday or will a Saturday do? School vacation period? Connections involved? Do you have much flexibility on dates? You may be able to do better -- or you may end up PAYING an extra $150. I'd say the chances are about even either way and if I took a guess, it wouldn't be my money or inconvenience if I happened to be wrong.
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Old Jul 6th, 2004, 08:01 PM
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You can fly out of either Chicago aiport for $143 per person. Check fares to Orland and Tampa. You can get the $250 fare from South Bend, best chance is if you return by Dec. 14. Try the flexible dates option at travelocity, starting in Dec and through Dec. I agree with Flyboy that you are taking a risk and could find that you are paying more than $1400 airfare. And the 5 of you could end up on different flights. One-way car rental from SBN to ORD should cost a total of $70 or less for a full size car.
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Old Jul 6th, 2004, 08:03 PM
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Meant that you can get the $250 SBN fare today.
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I suggest that you sign up with Travelocity. They have a feature that emails you everytime fares between your chosen cities change. As competitive as the routes to Orlando are, its not unreasonable to think that someone will have a sale sometime, and if you are ready, you can jump at that time. Sometimes, once you are alerted to a good deal, you can match or beat it by going directly to the airline's web site.
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Old Jul 7th, 2004, 06:53 PM
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Thanks Everyone. you all are a wealth of information. Sounds like I just need to be a bit more creative. Thanks again.
Thomas
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