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(600 WREC)   Because we're not facing any other important issues, researchers spent time studying the best time to buy overpriced airline tickets. The answer: buy in advance on a weekend   (600wrec.com) divider line 24
    More: Obvious, tickets, airlines, Steven Puller  
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2013-02-18 11:54:08 AM
I forgot to buy a return ticket once. Bought the tickets 3 months before hand and planned everything out and accidentally crossed the return tickets off the list. Figured it out the day before hand and let me tell you, that is one expensive mistake. It's also the only flight I've been on that got me stuck in New Jersey during a delay, and lost my luggage.
 
2013-02-18 12:03:14 PM
Would you prefer that economists did cancer research, subby?
 
2013-02-18 12:05:03 PM
I don't care what they say about legality. The system is complete BS.
 
2013-02-18 12:07:01 PM
I used to fly on any trip over 5 hours of driving time. After they started raping children at the airport, I quit flying and only drive. F***'em.
 
2013-02-18 12:07:46 PM
What did YOU study, smartass?
 
2013-02-18 12:09:15 PM
I usually just walk into the airport right before the flight and demand a first class ticket like they do in the movies.  Is that not what I should be doing?
 
2013-02-18 12:15:33 PM
I just tell my secretary to do it.  Then I pat her on the ass, tell her to send my wife some flowers, and have the valet bring around my Imperial.  Post-haste!
 
2013-02-18 12:16:32 PM
I like to walk up and pay cash at the last minute, paying the last few dollars in crumpled singles. It ensure that I get the maximum TSA pat-down for my money.

/So lonely
 
2013-02-18 12:29:39 PM

tiamet4: I usually just walk into the airport right before the flight and demand a first class ticket like they do in the movies.  Is that not what I should be doing?


Make sure you pay in cash and leave your ID at home.

/Got 'SSSS' on your boarding pass? You're today's winner in the 'extra special grope' lottery.
 
2013-02-18 12:35:00 PM
I don't quite

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2013-02-18 12:47:17 PM
Sounds pretty damn useful to me. Anyone who has ever been gouged for airfare can appreciate this. I used to travel for a living and learned a lot of unwritten rules on costs.
 
2013-02-18 01:05:11 PM
This is completely useless knowledge.  TFA even noted that , "On the average, you're going to be paying a higher fare the closer you wait to departure time," he says."

To put the "buy on the weekend" adivice in practice, we would be put in the situation of waiting until the next weekend to purchase. So, what we really need to know whether the "5% cheaper on average" benefit is better than the higher cost by not buying a few days more in advance (earlier in the week). Which TFA completely fails to address.
 
2013-02-18 01:06:23 PM

Mighty Aswan: I don't quite

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Reminds me of jr. high when we would doublespace a report to "fill" a 3 page report.
 
2013-02-18 01:18:50 PM

Mighty Aswan: I don't quite

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Holy crap this. I thought the article was missing images or something, but nope, just crappy spacing or whatever.
 
2013-02-18 01:33:42 PM

Mighty Aswan: I don't quite

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You're

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2013-02-18 01:41:10 PM
I think we need a "Ric Romero" tag to replace the "Obvious" tag
 
2013-02-18 01:49:30 PM

Wodan11: This is completely useless knowledge.  TFA even noted that , "On the average, you're going to be paying a higher fare the closer you wait to departure time," he says."

To put the "buy on the weekend" adivice in practice, we would be put in the situation of waiting until the next weekend to purchase. So, what we really need to know whether the "5% cheaper on average" benefit is better than the higher cost by not buying a few days more in advance (earlier in the week). Which TFA completely fails to address.


I had to buy a ticket yesterday (Sunday) to travel across the country this Friday for a funeral.  Considering that I bought it less than seven days before departure, I got a pretty good deal on it.  When I was looking at prices last week, anticipating this, they were higher than what I paid yesterday.

/take from that what you will
//anecdotal evidence
 
2013-02-18 01:52:48 PM

Dragonflew: Would you prefer that economists did cancer research, subby?


Yeah, I hate these short sighted assholes who can't grasp this simple concept. It amazes me that they have the brains to set up a Fark account in the first place.
 
2013-02-18 02:50:41 PM

PastaFazoole: Considering that I bought it less than seven days before departure, I got a pretty good deal on it.  When I was looking at prices last week, anticipating this, they were higher than what I paid yesterday.


I would say that's because seats weren't selling out like they had hoped, so they dropped the price because the flight is still leaving, full or not. You can find some great last minute deals on airfare provided an ample number of seats are available. But you're boned if you get stuck on the other side of that and need a last minute ticket on a nearly full flight. The luck was with you.
 
2013-02-18 02:51:16 PM
  Puller tells 1200 WOAI news that on average, tickets purchased on the weekends were about five percent cheaper than tickets purchased on any other day.

I'd like to see the standard deviation too. Five percent, while nice, isn't much of a discount. Flights like round trip Atlanta to Buenos Aires for $480 or round trip to Shanghai for $520 (both tickets I saw last year) are what I'm interested in. ATL-PVG was a Tuesday afternoon published fare while ATL-EZE was a weekend published fare. Seems like deals can be found at both times.
 
2013-02-18 03:14:47 PM
I just use farecast.com (now part of Bing, but it forwards through). They've collected and crunched a pile of historical cost data for most major airport pairs and provide you a decent prediction of airfare movement. If I want to get a cheap ticket, I set up a search for it at farecast (or you can do kayak or whatever aggregation price checking site you like) and make that search my browser homepage. Every time I open my browser I see the cost for the flight; I usually catch a local minimum after a week or two.
 
2013-02-18 03:55:11 PM
I could swear that ticket prices have not increased substantially for over 20 years, and in some cases are about 20% cheaper.  It seems as though the ripple effect of decades-long of fierce competition is causing the entire industry to degrade to the lowest acceptable standards.
 
2013-02-18 04:02:22 PM

muck1969: I could swear that ticket prices have not increased substantially for over 20 years, and in some cases are about 20% cheaper.  It seems as though the ripple effect of decades-long of fierce competition is causing the entire industry to degrade to the lowest acceptable standards.


It's the effect of deregulation.  Now that the airlines can charge whatever they want (and to a degree, fly whatever routes they want), they don't need to compete on service and can compete on price.

/With that said, never fly the absolute cheapest airline.  They tend to nickel and dime you anyways, and then the families with lots of kids tend to get the cheapest most bargain-bin flights they can find (since 1 ticket is expensive and 5 tickets are extortionate), so the plane is filled with screaming rug rats.  Spending the extra $20 or so is totally worth it to lower the odds of small screaming children.
 
2013-02-18 07:00:12 PM

dustman81: tiamet4: I usually just walk into the airport right before the flight and demand a first class ticket like they do in the movies.  Is that not what I should be doing?

Make sure you pay in cash and leave your ID at home.

/Got 'SSSS' on your boarding pass? You're today's winner in the 'extra special grope' lottery.


Photocopy boarding pass covering SSSS up with a piece of paper.

Yes, it works. No, I didn't do it.
 
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