book now or wait till later the eternal question
well here is our experience. we had decided at the end of last year to holiday in thailand during the christmas 2013/2014 period and for the very first time pay for hotel and flight separately. we then started reading the air travel forum on ta and very soon realised that things are not as straight forward as they are with a package. opinions seemed divided, some advised wait till later in the year in the hope of picking up a bargain, some said book as soon as because if there isn’t a sale later in the year you end up paying more.
looking at the myriad of options and checking comparison websites we weren’t at all sure how we would take to 25 hours and longer travel times with jetlag and all. some of the cheaper possibilities we considered had 15 hours or more stopover. the less costly the ticket the more inconvenient the flight times it seemed.
anyway to cut a long story short being cautious we ended up buying the ticket with singapore airlines from heathrow to phuket for £1136, thinking that this might be a little on the high side but as the flight was one of the shortest and singapore airlines have a good reputation we took the plunge.
we weren’t at all sure if we had done the right thing. imagine my surprise when i checked that these same flights were now £1483.35 (a 30% rise) and the majority of the best seats allocated.
i don’t know if flights with other airlines get booked up as quickly but this was certainly an eye opener.