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Travel in Feb 2019

mrsmcfoy
New Arrival

Hello, I am trying to find flights for 5 people on 2/24 from Florida to New York. The flights are extremely high ($400 - $500 one way). Can you tell me why the flights are so high? It's looking like we will have to re-schedule our vacation if the cost doesn't go down. I can understand flights being a little higher because students may be coming off of break, but $400 - $500 in one direction is completely outrageous. Can anything be done to help?

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Re: Travel in Feb 2019

dfwskier
Top Contributor

You didn't say your Florida departure city or your New York arrival city. I checked Ft. Lauderdale to

Newark, and the lowest flight on 2/24 I saw was $500. No wanna get away fares were available. That means the airline thinks it's a prime travel day and that it thinks it can sell the seats for $500.

 

When I run into this situation, I ask myself if I really must travel on that day. Perhaps you should too as traveling the next day lets you buy a ticket for as little as $228, or travel on Tuesday the 26th for as little as $103. You can find these fares by trying to book your original itinerary, and then clicking on "low fare calendar" to see what fares on other days would be.

 

As I said, in these situations I ask myself how flexible I want to be. I think you need to ask yourself that question.

 

Being flexible might also equate to flying into a different airport. In the example I cited, flights from Ft Lauderdale to Laguardia are about $100 cheaper for flights on the 24th.

 

Remember that Southwest allows you to change or cancel a flight and then use your credit within one year of the original purchase date for a second flight. So another option woulkd be to just buy your tickets and then watch. If Southwest isn't able to sell it's $500  tickets on the 24th, it'll likely drop prices on some flights - nothing guaranteed, but it has happened in the past. If the fare drops, you could change to the lower fare, and have a travel credit for future use.

Re: Travel in Feb 2019

basslaw2010
Active Member

Additionally, Sundays are one of the more expensive days to travel because people are going home from their weekend getaway to get to work the next day and Florida is a very popular destination in the colder months.

Re: Travel in Feb 2019

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@mrsmcfoy wrote:

Hello, I am trying to find flights for 5 people on 2/24 from Florida to New York. The flights are extremely high ($400 - $500 one way). Can you tell me why the flights are so high? It's looking like we will have to re-schedule our vacation if the cost doesn't go down. I can understand flights being a little higher because students may be coming off of break, but $400 - $500 in one direction is completely outrageous. Can anything be done to help?


I like @dfwskier 's suggestions, but also try booking for 4 people, then 3, 2 - if your group size takes up all of the remaining tickets allocated to a cost bucket, the quote will be for all tickets in the higher one. So you may find some savings by booking 1, 2, 3, or 4 tickets and then the remaining tickets at the higher rate.

 

Obviously if you are looking at the same flight and even 1 ticket is BS only, then it's a tough travel day.

 

If that's still too high, then alternate airports or dates will be needed. 

 

 

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