When To Buy Jan Fares

Old Aug 30, 09, 3:01 am
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When To Buy Jan Fares

I need to book 3 tickets on 2 Jan to fly from YYC to YVR. Currently fares on both the Westjet and AC website are showing $199 as being available at the regular fare.

I see that there have been plenty of summer and fall sales this year. Is there any chance that there may also be a winter sale, or should I just go ahead and book the flights.
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Old Aug 30, 09, 11:26 am
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That is a tough call. Normally, I would say wait until November or so before booking tickets for January, but January 2 is right at the end of the peak Christmas travel season, so seats will be scarce and prices expensive. And since it is a Saturday, WestJet is operating a vastly reduced schedule, which will only drive up the demand for seats more. WestJet is almost sold out of $199 seats as it is. There are usually some seat sales offered for the Christmas travel season, but they don't appear that often and usually only after the airlines know which flights will have empty seats. Obviously, they would prefer to sell out their flights at regular fares, if possible.

Do you have to fly on WestJet? Air Canada's flights are wide open on January 2 -- all of their flights are available at $199, and they have more scheduled that day. If you aren't too concerned about which airline you fly or exactly what time you fly, I'd wait a while and hope for some sort of a seat sale. If you must fly on WestJet or at a particular time, you might want to book your seats now. Any seat sale offered on January 2nd isn't going to be that great of a deal, anyway -- maybe $20 off per ticket.
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Old Aug 31, 09, 12:18 am
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If you've to travel Jan 2, I'd book soon to secure flights with ideal times. Typically for Christmas and New Year, they'll be a AC/WS seat sale early Dec for those unpopular flights (i.e. Dec 25th, Dec 31st night, and early morning Jan 1st). Jan 2nd is a popular day and probably won't go too much cheaper.
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