I'm planning a trip from San Francisco to the Osa penninsula in March 2008, and I can't decide if I should buy tickets (to San Jose) this far ahead of time.
Right now, the best I can find for a reasonable flight schedule is around $750 a person. With flghts from hell (red eyes, multiple stops, 10+ hour layovers etc) I've gotten them down to about $590 a person.
One thing I noticed is that absolutely no one is offering travel deals 9 months out. Right now, all the best fares that I'm seeing are for travel in the fall, anywhere from $260-400 for round trip flights from the west coast. Under normal circumstances, I would simply wait.
But with gas prices skyrocketing, I'm afraid that the specials/deal prices in 6 months might be just as high as the "normal" prices right now.
Anyone have any advice or recommendations?
I've been scouring the following websites for pricing...
Actual airlines: US Airways, AA, Mexicana, Continental, Taca, and a couple others
Metasearch sites: Kayak, Sidestep, Vayama, Bookingbuddy, etc
Actual booking sites: Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz, Cheapoair, Intratours and a couple others
Deal sites: Travelzoo, SmarterTravel, Fatwallet forumns.
Any others I should be checking?
(apologies to anyone who read this in both forums, I'd been researching mostly in the Osa forums, but also wanted to post in the main forum because I feel if might be more widely read)