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Need help with plane ticket purchasing

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Could use a little help here. I have the option of taking one of the first 3 weeks in january off and I have the flexibility of changing the week and my destination, in order to get the best conditions. With the way things are, it'll probably be SLC or Seattle. Colorado is out because one of my weekends will either be new year's or mlk and there isn't any escape in colorado (except for the butte maybe?)

I was wondering what the best way to go about purchasing a plane ticket would be.

Option 1: Buy a ticket when I finally decide when and where I'm going (probably 3 or 4 days before)

Option 2: Buy a ticket for week 1, and if that week isn't good, pay the change-fee and re-book for week 2 or 3

Option 3: Buy a ticket for week 2 which has the cheapest fares right now and if week 1 looks awesome, pay the change-fee and re-book for that week

The other question would be which airline; jetblue which is the comfiest, american which has direct to seattle, or delta which has direct to slc


Thanks everyone
post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by shmerham
Colorado is out because one of my weekends will either be new year's or mlk and there isn't any escape in colorado (except for the butte maybe?)
Only the front range gets that crowded and even some of them aren't that bad.
I know for sure that the lines won't be a factor in Aspen.


I would go with option #1. Always go for the snow. Use a tour op package and your airfare will be the same as if you booked it in October.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks! do you have recommended tour op?

I kinda don't want to book rooms, would I be able to book just a flight?
post #4 of 8
What is your departure airport? Sometimes you only have to purchase two products, airfare + car/ lifts. Even if you pay a slight premium, it's well worth it to be skiing the goods.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Boston (or Manchester, NH)

I found a site called www.site59.com which was cool it gave package deals on spur-of-the-moment trips, with excellent prices, but you couldn't do trips longer than 5 days.
post #6 of 8
I would usually pick a tour op that uses my departure airport frequently.

http://www.skitops.com/members/target.html

I would give them a call and see what they think they could do for you.
post #7 of 8
You might consider flying out of Manchester on SWA but then you will have to connect through BWI or at the least have a stopover somewhere in route to SLC or wherever you decide to go.

Site 59 is a good place to look for air or even package deals.
post #8 of 8
yes - if southwest airlines is an option - go with that and book it now - becos in my experience - southwest does not charge you "change fee".
of course you would have to pay the difference between your fare and
the new fare. which is "fair" !!!!
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