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Booking International Travel for Upcoming Xmas/New Years?

Booking International Travel for Upcoming Xmas/New Years?

Aug 5th, 2019, 11:10 PM
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Most airlines do use algorithms to set online prices but they are not especially sophisticated. If they were, then there wouldn’t be as many sales as there are to clear the fares they failed to sell. The programmes used will factor in demand, supply, competition etc. And set fares accordingly. There are frequently some ridiculous anomalies that happen. Searching for business class flights from London to Sydney recently, I found that some fares were more than double others on the same day. Who will pay double to travel a few hours later or earlier I really don’t know!

In the U.K. at least ( it may be different in other countries) the main sales seem to be in September and shortly after Christmas which is when I tend to buy long haul flights. I find it is important to buy soon after the sales are announced as fares do seem to rise quite quickly once they start to sell so best to pounce when you see a fare you are reasonably happy with ( and then stop looking!). The other sales that seem to pop up every other week rarely seem to have any bargains. In order to get notification of the sales I have joined just about every loyalty plan going and even then, some airlines offer pre notification of sales to gold or whatever card members.

I usually buy direct from airline websites but this year I have found some cheaper fare with Trailfinders and Expedia .

Travelling over the Christmas and new year period I have sometimes found some cheap fares flying close to or on Christmas/New Years eve/ day. It can be fund too see
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Aug 6th, 2019, 07:42 AM
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The OP hasn't posted since May, so this is probably going to be of more use to others, but for future reference one of the boards on Flyertalk deals with cheap fares useful for "mileage runners," and it's a great resource for bargain hunters. In particular, the "premium fare deals" sub-board often has terrific deals in business and first class. Here's the "economy" link - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals-372/ and the "premium" one - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/premium-fare-deals-740/

Note it's useful to be fairly fluent in airport and airline codes (e.g. SFO and SQ) and know that "Y" is shorthand for economy, "J" for business class, and "F" for first class.
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Aug 6th, 2019, 10:30 AM
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Thanks for that gardyloo. I shall give that a try for our upcoming Australia flights.
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