Fare Period vs. Fare Availability

December 08, 2015
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. One of your fare listings says "new service begins July 1" and I tried to book a fare for the holiday weekend, leaving July 1st right after work, and coming back July 8th. My itinerary falls within the dates covered in your listing, so why didn't I get that fare?! It was hundreds more! The first available date for the fare I wanted to book wasn't until July 4th, days after service was to begin.

    A. We'd like to take this opportunity to address the difference between the dates of travel period and date availability. Not all dates are going to be available within the dates of travel period, especially on any holidays, peak travel days, or weekends (not to mention any blackout dates that the airline institutes.) We also would like to point out that the airlines will set aside a limited number of tickets at a sale price for each date and some dates will sell out at the lower prices before other dates do. Flexible travel dates will increase your chances of booking a sale fare, as will traveling mid-week as opposed to weekends (although people do book weekend sale fares all the time).

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