Any sign of airfares dropping?

Old Apr 8th, 2003, 08:37 PM
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Any sign of airfares dropping?

For those of you who are more used to searching for good deals than I am, what do you think? I've found an "ok" fare but wonder if I should wait a bit or just go with it. I know that no one can predict this but has anyone noticed a pattern of increases/decreases at certain times over the years or has it just been a constantly fluctuating thing?

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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 09:01 PM
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Try Travelzoo.com. I got $553 R/t from Chicago to Rome Aug 30th. I wanted to leave September 1, but with that kind of deal, I switched dates. (I bought through autoeurope.com, but it was posted on Travelzoo. Hope that helps.
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 10:58 PM
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It seems more like airLINES dropping than airFARES. First Swissair, then the three biggest US airlines, then Air Canada, and today Lufthansa.

Who will be left by September?
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 11:02 PM
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try lowestravel.com... I recently purchased a ticket from the west coast to London for $503.00 for June 15th

The prices have slightly dropped since Christmas time, but don't seem to be moving now.
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Old Apr 8th, 2003, 11:49 PM
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Fares between America and Ireland have dropped to a very low level on selected flights on www.aerlingus.com. There are lots of cheap connecting flights from Dublin to European cities by Aer Lingus and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com).
 
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Between a continued soft economy the Iraq situation and SARS, most of the major carriers have announced cuts to their flight schedules. Summer always brings relatively high fares to Europe, so it becomes a question of whether you want to bite the bullet or not. (From the non-hub airport that I fly from, anything under $800 r/t to Europe between June 15 and August 15 is worth a very hard look and it is likely to disappear quickly, for example.)
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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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Thanks everyone. Icithecat - you've got that right! LOL

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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 09:30 AM
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United and Continental just announced lower fares. See article on cnn.com.
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I think the CNN story is referring to domestic fares. I do think airlines are cutting down on international flights (Delta had a couple to Rome that were "seasonal" that have been slashed from their schedule) because people aren't traveling as much internationally due to the economy, the war, and fears of SARS, or some combination of these elements.

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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 12:12 PM
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Hi Muddy,
An example of what's happening to airfares: In January, I purchased tickets from a conslidator on USAir for Sept flite ATL/FCO. The total price was $735/ticket, down from $750 the previous year. USAir was charging about $1200.
Subsequently, the USAir price dropped to $750, and has now gone up to $980.
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