Buying plane tickets when you don't know when you are traveling?

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  1. Seth G

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    So here is my story. My brother is going to having his first child in less than a month. I need to be there 8 days after the birth for the bris, but obviously I don't know when that is going to be. So just wondering if anyone has any suggestions out there on how to go about buying plane tickets when I don't know when I'm going to be traveling. Should I just wait until the birth to buy plane tickets and pay the price? Should I buy them now and try to transfer them when the time comes? Anyone have any comments about travel insurance? Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

    And yes, I am freaked out about becoming an uncle, but that's besides the point. [​IMG]
     
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    An option is to wait until the week of the flight and use Travelocity's short-notice deal finder. I've used this several times and paid normal fares for flights on five days notice.
     
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    Well, if you buy a refundable ticket you can change it for free, but that won't really let you do what you want.

    Where are you flying to and from? Sometimes buying less than 1 week in advance isn't that much more than buying say 1 month in advance.

    I travel a lot for work, and I know that most of the flights are always very close to the same price whether I'm booking 5 days out, or 3 weeks.
     
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    I can't answer your question, but mazel tov to your brother and his family.
     
  5. Seth G

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    Chicago (either Midway or Ohare) to Raleigh/Durham.

    We looked around a lot last night, and it seems Southwest has the best prices for refundable tickets.

    But I think you guys are right. After looking around, it seems we're best off just waiting and buying at the last minute. It might not work out for the best, but I think we'll be able to find something.

    Thanks for the input.

    Oh, and if anyone is interestd, a refundable ticket from American only costs a measly $3 grand. [​IMG]
     
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    Southwest has pretty good prices even for walk up tickets. I am an "elitist" though and won't fly Southwest.

    YMMV
     

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