My general question is: once an airfare has gone from, for example, from $198.00 19 days before departure, to $330.00 18 days before departure, is it not reasonable to expect it to go back down at all before departure? Or do fares go up and down all the time, regardless of how close departure date is?
Here's the big picture:
I was watching fares midweek from Houston to Denver for mid-July. Spirit non stop was $150 BEFORE all the added carry on, checked baggage and other fees like charging you for sitting with your kids, LOL. Altogether would have been a little over $1200 round trip for me, husband, and two teenagers. )
Now, because I've never heard of Spirit, I check reviews online, and they're pretty poor. Going with United, with fares quoted at $198, round trip would have cost about $1300. For me, the extra peace of mind going with United was worth the extra $100. Yesterday I go to book, and United's fare has gone up to $330. (Spirit's is still $150.)
I really would like to stay with the dates we're traveling (leaving Houston for Denver on July 11th).
Thanks in advance for your input.