Cheapest flight from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale?
I want to go for a weekend to surprise my grandmother for her birthday but tickets are so expensive. What is the best site for cheap tickets? And will they get cheaper last minute? Thank You!!
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Tickets will not get cheaper if you wait until the last minute. Instead they will get even more expensive. I suggest you buy at least 14 days in advance but ifyou can, buy even earlier. You can check out http://www.kayak.com and see how much JetBlue costs if you fly out of JFK. You can see how much Southwest is if you fly out of Philadelphia or Baltimore.
Airfare does not get cheaper at the last minute, it goes up the closer to departure you get. From Newark to FLL, look at Spirit Airlines, they do really good fare sales, and have one right now for $59 each way through dates in April. Check different dates to find the fare you are looking for. Also look at Jet Blue and Southwest. You may find Delta or Air Tran will be comparable, but for non-stop service look at Spirit, Jet Blue, Continental or United. Sign up for e-mail alerts to know when fares go on sale, but if you can, try a Monday-Wednesday departure or possibly a Saturday for lower fares. For Southwest you will have to go directly to their website. Friday to Sunday are usually the non-discounted dates and if they are included on the fare sale, they are going to be the first to go. As a former airline agent, I highly recommend staying away from websites like Priceline, or any website where you do not see what you are getting before you pay for it. Bidding for your flight is a trap. These tickets are not changeable for any reason, the airlines can't touch them and if you are late or miss your flight for any reason, the airline can not change your ticket. Priceline, Hotwire, CheapTickets...anything labeled "cheap" are all not recommended by anyone in the industry. Look at http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ This is the software used by travel sites like Orbitz and Travelocity. It will tell you what is the fares for a month's time. You can't book there, but it will tell you where you need to go and what to book. Travel sites cannot discount airfare any more than the airlines lowest published fare. They buy the fares in bulk, so one may sell out before the other, hence why it may be cheaper on one website vs. directly with the airline, but most of the time, the airlines website itself will have the best fares and it's always safer to book directly with the airline. Use the travel sites as a search engine, then go directly to the airlines website to compare the rates and book the flights. Also, check alternate Airports like JFK, LaGuardia, White Plains, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, White Plains, Hartford, Islip etc...and arriving in Miami instead of FLL if the cost of getting to the alternate location is worth the cost savings of the flight.
There's no website that will ALWAYS be the "cheapest". That's why you have to shop around. Try to be flexible on your dates and times. If you can drive a short distance to a "less" busy airport, that might help save some money. Try to book your flight early am or late pm, that can sometimes save money. Weekdays are usually cheaper than weekends. Don't limit your search to only the "well-known" travel sites, most are owned by the same company -which mean not much difference in the price. So,be sure to check other travel sites otherwise you might miss out on a great deal. Think of these travel sites like grocery stores, they all "sell" the same thing. So, why pay more for the same flight those other guys are selling? Try this travel site, it's my favorite for have better deals than those other guys.... www.everydaytravelconnections.com Hope this helps!