We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

How early to buy airline tickets?

Austin, TX
Level Contributor
8 posts
5 reviews
Save Topic
How early to buy airline tickets?

Hi,

I'm planning a trip to Kyoto in late October. I've already reserved hotel accomodations but wonder how early I should buy airline tickets. Currently American has airfares for around $1100. Is that as good as I can expect fares to get?

Thanks,

oldben

Toronto
Destination Expert
for Tokyo
Level Contributor
23,369 posts
33 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

low season is from Oct 24 - Dec 8. iace-usa.com shows 630+taxes return, or 730 from Sep 1 - Oct 23. This is one of the several airfare cosolidators specialising in Japan (do a search here for the complete list).

Aoyama Dori and San...
Level Contributor
9,424 posts
25 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

bibimbob:

What is the fuel surcharge? My wife is going in October and it's over US$200 now. Whew!

I'm going in early December on holidays and I'm going to use a free business class seat (90K miles on JAL) if it's going to have that large of a surcharge on it. I have plenty of miles to use but I prefer to pay for tickets during the cheap season and save the miles for peak season, but that fuel surcharge is changing my thinking a bit.

Toronto
Destination Expert
for Tokyo
Level Contributor
23,369 posts
33 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

don't know... their website didn't say.

Guildford, United...
Level Contributor
6,242 posts
70 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

Almost all airlines now have an amount added to the price to cover the extra they have to pay for fuel since the oil price jumped. In fact, many British airlines show a price of, say twenty pounds, for a flight within Europe and then add fuel surcharge, landing fees, taxes and anything else they can think of which brings the total cost to more than 100 pounds. Why they think anyone should care about how the price is made up baffles me? There has been some coverage in the British press to the effect that the additional cost of fuel is nothing like the amount of the fuel charge, which is just a way of bumping up the price while blaming someone else.

It has always puzzled me why it costs so much to go to Japan. In winter, I can fly to LA for around 250 pounds but Tokyo, which is the same distance from London, costs at least twice as much.

Aoyama Dori and San...
Level Contributor
9,424 posts
25 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

I think it's due to a thing called competition. Here in the US, we have a city called Minneapolis which is in the north-central part of the mainland. Northwest Airlines has a stranglehold on the airport there and the unlucky people who live in Minneapolis don't have many choices but to pay some of the highest domestic fares in the country because of stifled competition. When I fly there on business, I can't even use another airline because what should be a 3 hour nonstop ends up being a day-long connection mess on any other airline.

Regarding getting to LA (and SFO, for that matter), I think we can thank Virgin for stirring up the pot and bringing some real competition to the established carriers.

<<<It has always puzzled me why it costs so much to go to Japan. In winter, I can fly to LA for around 250 pounds but Tokyo, which is the same distance from London, costs at least twice as much.>>>

6. Re: How early to buy airline tickets?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 9:20 am, August 12, 2009