Airfare Search Buzz on Yahoo Answers

Airfare Questions and Answers

I enjoy reading all of the comments I receive here on Airfare-Now.com, but occasionally I like to pop over to the Yahoo Answers website to see what their current buzz on the subject is. I’ll usually do an advanced search for either “airfare” or “airfare deals”- looking specifically for posts that are less than 7 days old and still open. Under the term “airfare”, today’s search was pretty lucrative with more than two pages of airfare search hits.

One member wrote,

Q. Is is possible for airfare to go lower in two days? Airfare to JFK for Saturday just rocketed, so I’m wondering… is it possible that the price may change between today and Saturday? At the last minute my friend decided to go with us, but the price is a little over $600. Thanks.”

This question titled “Is is possible for airfare to go lower in two days?” was posted on Thursday, December 17th so the Saturday the writer was referring to has come and gone. There were 7 answers submitted by readers and the top answer has not yet been selected.

The answers that were submitted by readers were mixed with several saying that airfare will do nothing but rise until departure and several saying a last minute airfare deal may by looming on the horizon. One responder gave a tip about buying airfare 10-12 months in advance which I found to be a little… uh.. unpractical, and one responder said airfare can go up or down every two seconds which I found to be a little… uh.. extreme.

While I suppose it is a crap-shoot in many ways when it comes to a question like this, none of the responders took into account the fact that this is the weekend before the most celebrated holiday in North America. The airfare demand during the holiday season is at an all-time high and the supply of available airfare is always quite fixed. This year in fact, the supply of available airfare was reduced by a major snowstorm that crippled airports all over the Eastern USA.

The only airfare deal that the original poster can hope for during the busy holiday season will come on Christmas Day itself. Travel before or after that date will be expensive and the airfare will not go down – of course, this is just my opinion :)

Happy Holidays!

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Should You Change Airlines Enroute to Save Money on Airfare?

Looking for airfare deals in unusual ways, lets consider the following airfare bargain scenarion…

Should you change airlines in the middle of a trip in order to save a few bucks on airfare? Is it worth the inconvenience of extra boarding passes, terminal changes, luggage worries, etc…?

It may surprise you, but experts agree that the answer is now an undeniable “YES”. What was once considered a no-no and an extreme inconvenience is now considered a wise move for the airfare bargain seeker.

According to an article on the Cheapest Airfare Blog,

“While most travelers will fly on one airline clear through to their final destination, combining flights on different airlines is often more cost effective. For instance, an east coast flight to Hawaii may be cheaper on Delta from New York to Los Angeles with a transfer to Aloha for the flight across the Pacific.If you find yourself in a situation where you are changing airlines mid-trip, remember that most airlines will transfer your luggage automatically.”

The fact that most airlines will transfer your luggage automatically has made the prospect of changing airlines enroute more acceptable, and the savings can really add up!

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Free Flights for the Flexible Traveler

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Where Can I Find the Best Last Minute Flights?

Q. I have some rather unexpected time off and wonder if there’s a good cheap airline you would recommend for last minute flights. My flight times are pretty flexible - I just don’t have a lot of money. I’ve tried cheapseats, expedia, farecast, and the general lot. I just want to know if you know anything extra.

A. According to a post on the Last Minute Flight Deals Blog,

“Travelzoo always has listings for last minute flight deals, particularly for travel in the next few days or over the next weekend. Right now. it has a nice list of last minute flight deals for Thanksgiving. In terms of getting a great deal 2 hours in advance, that would be more difficult.”

I also agree with their recommendation to try searching Kayak for lasat minute flights. I’ve had some real success with Kayak – even picked up a deal on a flight that I needed to jump on in less than two hours!!

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Finding Airfare Deals to Australia

Planning a Trip Down Under? 

If you’re planning a trip Down Under, you will most likely benefit from these 4 handy tips for finding cheap airfare to Australia:

1. Find out which airlines use airports in Australia as their hub. Qantas and Virgin Blue are airline giants with hubs at the Sydney Airport, but there are many more to chose from as well.

2. Schedule your Australia flights for midweek. Scheduling your flights for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays can save you lots of money on airfare to Australia.

3. Visit Australia during the low season. Airfare has a high season price and a low season price, and it’s important to note that Australia is in the southern hemisphere so its seasons are opposite of most of the rest of the world’s population. In general, you’ll find the lowest airfare to Australia during their winter.

4. Try flying into a different city. Australia has two major international airports (Sydney and Melbourne), so try both airports when making your air travel plans.

If you need more information, there are tons of Australia and New Zealand Articles available on articlealley.com. In addition to blog posts and news release on the culture Down Under, there are traveler’s stories about Australia, detailed tips for finding airfare deals, even Australia Travel Guides. Also, remember that you’l need to have your passport in order. Visit “Where to Get a Passport” if you need assistance in this regard.

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