Great Deals on Airfares (if you book now and travel later)!

I have a few trips to book in the coming months, so I’ve been checking on airfares in recent weeks. Boy, are they high. And depressing. Until I checked again this week.

No doubt about it, flying isn’t cheap. Travelocity says the average price for a domestic roundtrip ticket is $388. That’s up seven percent from last year. But there could be a small window to buy an airline ticket at a pretty good price, if you’re willing to hold off flying for a couple of months.

On Tuesday, Southwest offered a broad airfare sale for as little as $40 each way. Fares are based on distance. They cost either 40, 80 or 120 dollars each way, not including taxes and fees, depending on how far you’re flying. The sale is short. It ends Thursday night. And it’s for trips taken on or after August 23rd.

And many other major airlines are also offering fall deals. For example, a round-trip flight from Tulsa to Ft. Lauderdale is $160, plus taxes and fees. Earliest travel is also August 23rd. The same flight before then costs at least $390. I was able to hold off one of my trips and got a great deal.

On the other hand, I needed to book a flight to the other coast before August 23rd, and it cost me dearly. A ticket from Tulsa to Orange County set me back $314, plus taxes and fees. If I could have waited at least a couple more months, the same ticket would have been $160 (plus taxes and fees). Oh well, I guess it all evens out.

So while flying to your summer destination may be costly, wait until fall, or at least late summer for that trip, and it could save you a lot of money. But hurry, I don’t think it’ll last very long.

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