Buying plan tickets to Florida ADVICE

  • comical44

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    Nov 11, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    I'm traveling to Florida in August of 2014 and I'm booking everything early. I live in NY... What's the cheapest way to get plan tickets and deals for that trip next year.. Is their a certain website? A certain time that they will be cheapest ? Shoul I use an agent and what do you think is the cheapest I can get them for?? Please help with any advice it would be so helpful. Thank you
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    Nov 11, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    I use www.kayak.com
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    Nov 11, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    comical44 saidI'm traveling to Florida in August of 2014 and I'm booking everything early. I live in NY... What's the cheapest way to get plan tickets and deals for that trip next year.. Is their a certain website? A certain time that they will be cheapest ? Shoul I use an agent and what do you think is the cheapest I can get them for?? Please help with any advice it would be so helpful. Thank you



    I go directly to JetBlue's website, and I always fly to/from JFK only, never LaGuardia.
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    Nov 12, 2013 6:03 AM GMT
    hard to know the best time to buy tickets - generally a couple months in advance these days. If you sign up on Travelocity, they will email you when lower fares occur on specific routes - like New York-Florida. Beware of the real discount airlines - fares may be the lowest, but they generally have restrictions on the weight of luggage, and plenty of extra fees that can add up.
  • comical44

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    Nov 13, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info guys... Anyone else have any advice/tips?
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    Nov 13, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    comical44 saidThanks for the info guys... Anyone else have any advice/tips?

    What part of Florida are you planning to see? If the Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas you could have 2 choices of airport, and fares to them may be different. And associated airport costs may also be different, especially with ground transportation.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Nov 13, 2013 12:52 PM GMT
    comical44 saidI'm traveling to Florida in August of 2014 and I'm booking everything early. I live in NY... What's the cheapest way to get plan tickets and deals for that trip next year.. Is their a certain website? A certain time that they will be cheapest ? Shoul I use an agent and what do you think is the cheapest I can get them for?? Please help with any advice it would be so helpful. Thank you


    You have plenty of time so wait a little and see if there is an airline price war in the near future. In 2010 when I was going to Ft. Lauderdale, the first time I checked the fare was $385.00 so I waited. 2 weeks later the fare went down to $185.00 roundtrip and that's when I bought my ticket.
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    Nov 14, 2013 9:18 AM GMT
    Yapta http://www.yapta.com/ will let you choose flights to track and send you email alerts of price changes. You can even set alert prices. It's free to set up an account. I've had good luck using it.

    Published fares are usually lowest on Tuesdays for whichever days you decide to travel, but generally speaking it's cheaper to fly midweek(Tu,We,Th) if you can.

    Most travel sites- I prefer Orbitz for it's ease of use- will give you a 3 days grid for comparison. Then I book directly with the airline.

    If you're going to be flying on a regular(or even occasional) basis it is to your advantage to pick an airline with good service at your home airport, set up a frequent flier account, and stick with them as much as possible. Miles add up! I've gotten free/reduced fare flights just using miles over the years, and I only make two or three trips a year.
  • TBird

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    Nov 19, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    If you are going in August of 2014 and you are leaving from any of the NYC area airports don't sweat the fares. There are so many flights to Florida fares are generally very reasonable. Just keep in mind if you see a fare on American for 250 and jetBlue for 265, American charges for bags, that's if you plan on checking a bag. Also the lowest fares will always be on the airlines website vs a site like Orbitz or Expedia. You'll pay more if you fly out on Friday and come home on Sunday. Saturday and mid week will generally garner the lowest fares.