Best time to book?

Old Sep 23, 19, 3:21 pm
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Best time to book?

I have a wedding next year in April (17-19) and I'll be flying to New York. Looking to go Y out, W back.

Been watching flight prices and they've been fluctuating around £470-500 mark but recently I've noticed an uptick to about £550.

Could I have some advice on the best time to book to achieve the lowest possible fare? I've heard 6-8 weeks out but that seems a bit risky in terms of if seats fill up quickly between now and then.
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Old Sep 23, 19, 3:26 pm
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The short version in terms of recommendation would be to buy as far in advance as possible and never recheck the prices

There are others more expert on here than me but I think you're unlikely to find your flights cheaper than that unless you luck out with a sale fare. That is, assuming you're flying from London.
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Old Sep 23, 19, 3:26 pm
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January sale time seems to also bring about some good fares. If youíre heading outside of school holidays you should be able to pick up some decent prices. I regularly see LHR-NYC fates in Y for around £300 ret. Not sure how much one way on W adds to that.

i would add that on a personal note, the 6 hours back are hardly worth W as sleep time is so little. Thereís a great early morning JFK flight that gets you in at 1900 and you donít need to try sleeping. Save the extra dosh and fly Y and spend the money on a slap up meal in NY.
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Old Sep 23, 19, 3:31 pm
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January sale time seems to also bring about some good fares. If youíre heading outside of school holidays you should be able to pick up some decent prices. I regularly see LHR-NYC fates in Y for around £300 ret. Not sure how much one way on W adds to that.

i would add that on a personal note, the 6 hours back are hardly worth W as sleep time is so little. Thereís a great early morning JFK flight that gets you in at 1900 and you donít need to try sleeping. Save the extra dosh and fly Y and spend the money on a slap up meal in NY.
Thanks. In my boots, would you wait until Jan?

I also agree with your sentiment entirely. It's just I am 6ft 4 and find the WTP seat makes a massive difference for sleeping but the main pull is that I need the tier points (20 v 90)
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Old Sep 23, 19, 4:07 pm
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Thanks. In my boots, would you wait until Jan?

I also agree with your sentiment entirely. It's just I am 6ft 4 and find the WTP seat makes a massive difference for sleeping but the main pull is that I need the tier points (20 v 90)
Ah. Fair enough. Iím far shorter!! Yes Iíd wait. Iíve never had trouble booking seats on such a busy route and youíre over three months out at that stage.

Weddings are always a tricky one because the dates are so fixed. Interesting to see if others agree with me on availability and prices around January.
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:39 am
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The short version in terms of recommendation would be to buy as far in advance as possible and never recheck the prices
That's the way!
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:51 am
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I wouldn't hold out for a "maybe / what if" for the sake of at best maybe £20/30 saving. It's close to Easter weekend and as such kids holidays, whereby Y carries a higher premium. This seems a decent price indeed - book it and get excited !
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:58 am
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On that route: hope for a sale or grab anything that looks good.

Below £700 return for WTP is very cheap. Similarly, below £350 for economy. That translates to £525 for Y out, W back, although you could add on a bit for a bag.
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