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Orlando Here We Come!

June 12th, 2012 at 09:59 pm

Following online airline advice, I was able to lock in awesome tickets today for about $295/apiece.

Ironically, we ended up back with United. I never thought we would get full refunds on our Denver trip, and their Florida airfare was absurd when I looked last month. So it worked out for the best. Best to get a full refund and start over, though we ended up with the same airline.

I've been diligently checking flights every so often. Today was a marked decrease in airfare, just as predicted by the travel experts. In addition, we are flying directly to Orlando. (The gap between Tampa and Orlando airfare was closing drastically - that part was unexpected).

I didn't even look at other local airports. $295 to fly from my backyard to the Grandparent-in-laws' backyard? The other side of the U.S.? I am IN! I am so pleased how we got the most convenient flights. It's at the price point where I don't care what other options there are. Backyard to backyard it is. We also got a "red eye" on the way home. Sort of. We leave like at 7pm but get home at midnight due to the time change. Another reason I made our home airport a priority. Once we land we are all but HOME.

6 Responses to “Orlando Here We Come!”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    That's a wonderful rate for backyard to backyard flights. It looks like it really paid off for you to keep checking.

  2. snafu Says:

    I suggest you check for extra costs so there are no surprise costs for checked baggage, pillow, earphones, food, drinks, airport user fees etc.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Wow! SWEET!
    Okay...Now you have to share "the secret". Smile Was it just to keep checking several times a week or what?

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good point - Should be no fees - we are definitely not checking baggage. We do travel fairly often, so am well aware of the nickel and diming that comes with flying, and am practiced in avoiding said nickel and diming.

    The rules I saw were to buy 3pm EST on Tuesday, but no sooner than 3.5 months before trip (& not last minute either, of course), and to search for tickets in groups of one or two tickets versus full party. First two tips helped; last one did not matter. I could have maybe benefitted to wait another week or two, but prices suddenly dropped today and I would like to get hotel settled (dependent on flights). Oh, other tip was to fly Saturday, which is more true the closer you get. Last week Sunday flights were cheaper, so it might have been prudent to buy 4 months out if we were set on staying one day longer.

    Stumbled upon which is AWESOME. My tried and true method is to find cheapest flights at a site like the google one, and then buy directly from airline. Which is basically what google does - it directs you to purchase directly from the airline. It seems like it's been best to cut out the middle man for many years, with the exception of something like priceline (er the airline equivalent?) where you don't know the airline until after you commit. I don't like Priceline and all that so didn't go that route.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    @LF - P.S. I think we are just lucky Orlando flights are cheap from California. Wink Honestly, it often comes to the place (& if it happens to be a hub for an airline).

    I do also always consider other airports, which greatly lowers the price. SFO, SJ and Sac can have drastically different prices for same destination. Tampa is at times much cheaper to fly into than Orlando.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Thanks for sharing those tips! Smile

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