Airfare advice

Jan 4th, 2006, 10:34 AM
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Airfare advice

I am traveling to Dublin on May 5 with 2 others. Earlier in the fall there was a fare for $423 round trip on american which unfortunately I did not book. Since then everyday I have checked the fares were around 550 and today american was $608. I just found a fare on air lingus for $509. Is this the cheapest I'll see? Any advice would be appreciated.

eto is offline  
Jan 4th, 2006, 11:22 AM
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I will never understand these type of postings/questions.

You had a chance to get a very nice fare couple of months ago, but for whatever reason you thought what exactly? that it will get lower? and if so, by how much? $100, $200, what? the airline was going to pay you to fly?

Now, that you realized that you made a mistake, but still can get a decent fare, once again, you are hoping for some miracle.

Will you come back here in the month and ask us if a $600-700 fare is good because you already missed 2 chances and now you don't want to blow it?

If you and your family/friends really want to go to ireland in May and you can live with the $500 fare, GET IT, and don't look back. There won't be any miracles. If there will be a sale it may save you $50, but if there won't be, the fare may go up by $100-300. Are you willing to (ONCE AGAIN) gamble? The odds are against you. It's what Vegas casinos call "a sucker bet".
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Jan 4th, 2006, 04:21 PM
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I think AA frequentFlyer is being a bit tough on you but what he (or she) says has the ring of truth. I know each year when I want to be in Ireland and I book it as soon as the booking becomes available. The big evil here is fuel prices. I booked my flight from Scranton to Shannon on US air for the last week in June in July for $743.00 That fare is now about $920.00. Book now, it is not going to get cheaper and Aer Lingus is among the cheapest. In any event have fun
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Jan 4th, 2006, 06:08 PM
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You don't say where you are flying FROM. I live in Florida and usually fly out of either Orlando or Jacksonville, so $608, in May would be a GREAT price, for me! I typically pay around $900 in June and between $500-$650 in April. This year, I was thrilled (given the rash of increases due to fuel costs) to score two tickets for early April for $566 ( one stops HAD been running $8-900, the last month or so ) Flight is on Continental, out of Sarasota??? to Newark and then to Shannon. Go figure!
Now, if you live in NY City or Boston, Ild say $509 was too much, but it doesn't sound bad to me ...
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Jan 4th, 2006, 10:38 PM
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Check the consolidators. We just booked open-jaw into Amsterdam, out of Munich for $520 each, total, from the Midwest.
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Jan 5th, 2006, 04:23 AM
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Actually it could get cheaper, but no one can predict with any degree of certainty whether or not it will get cheaper. It's a roll of the dice. And it does depend a lot on where you are flying from.
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Jan 5th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Thanks for all your help. I am flying from Chicago and went ahead and booked on air lingus @ $509.
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Jan 5th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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$509 is not unreasonable from Chicago in May. It is possible it could down some, but unlikely to go down enough to make any significant impact on your trip.

Good job.
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Jan 5th, 2006, 09:49 AM
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I think it is a decent price, and probably won't go down much between now and then, but obviously that is a chance you have to take.

Just for future reference, my DH and I always sit down together and discuss what we would be willing to pay for our airfare. We then do tons of research and when we finally see it at that price, we purchase it. It could go down, but it could also go up. This has worked for us, as we always try to budget a realistic airfare price, and helps keep any budget surprises to a minimum.

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Jan 5th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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FYI, I found a semi-decent price for June to Italy a few days ago. Sat on the info for 2 days and it had gone up by $100 per ticket! D'oh! (What goes up must come down?)
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Jan 6th, 2006, 02:17 AM
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eto: I think you made the right move although you may have been able to fly to Shannon for a few bucks less. Did those fares you quoted include taxes & fees?? That can make a big difference.

rbnwdln writes: "I found a semi-decent price for June to Italy a few days ago. Sat on the info for 2 days and it had gone up by $100 per ticket! D'oh! (What goes up must come down?)"

Maybe in October! That proverb doesn't apply to airfares!

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Jan 13th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Who Knew???

Of Course, this DOESN'T help ME, as I've already bought my tickets, and I'm traveling in April, but ...
I just 'stumbled across' the following on the web site:

"From New York-Kennedy (JFK) to:
Round-trip Intro Fare
Budapest, Hungary, HU (BUD)* $498
Manchester, United Kingdom, GB (MAN) $318
Shannon, Ireland, IE (SNN) $318
*Subject to foreign government approval

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Celebrating new service to three exciting European destinations

How it Works (The Rules)
Origins and Destinations From New York-Kennedy to Budapest, Manchester, or Shannon
Fares $318-$498 round-trip*
Purchase by January 23, 2006
Travel Period Travel may begin May 15 (May 8 for Budapest) through June 15, 2006, and must be completed by July 15, 2006.
Advance Purchase and Minimum Stay 7 days; Saturday night
Blackout Dates None
Other Rules Fares are available for purchase only at or from your travel agent. Fares offered at do not apply for reissue/downgrade of previously purchased tickets.
*For more information regarding additional fare rules, taxes, and fees that apply, see Terms and Conditions. "
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