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Old May 7, 08, 1:34 pm
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With the exit of two carriers from the market, need for pricing restraint is lessened. The statistical models relied on by several of the analytical services will get weaker.

Since you're planning travel around a school break and a major holiday, you really shouldn't expect the lowest published fares - they may never become available. The airlines can do this a couple of ways: having published fares booking into fare buckets that never have inventory, or through limiting lowest fare codes to dates outside your travel window. I would suggest a tool like ITA Software to see how fares change if you flex your arrival and/or departure by a day. ITA also makes it easy to limit searches to certain times of day - because kids struggle with a 6AM flight or an after-midnight arrival.
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