How to Find the Cheapest and Best Fares Available

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  1. Kalboz
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    Kalboz Gold Member

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    This article here states that the best time to book cheap is on Tuesday at 3pm Eastern, when they try to match the prices of the other airlines.

    Is there any truth to this claim? Any experiences?
     
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  2. MSYgirl

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    I have tried using that logic, but my last two 'finds' were not on Tuesdays. The cheapest I've seen MSY-ORD in a long time was on a Friday for $179 (normally $260), and I snagged a MSY-SEA for around $360 booked on a Friday (normally $420). Cheapest London flight in a while was also booked on a Friday. Of course these are just my experiences, but it seems like Friday is a good day to book out of MSY.
     
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    I thought it was all automated bots, and gnomes doing their thing without to much interference from humans ? :)
     
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  4. Newscience

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    Well, anileze, at this time of the year, it could just be Santa's elves working their magic! ;)
     
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    True for Porter and WestJet on NYC-YYZ for sure...
     
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  6. Wandering Aramean
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    Sortof, though there are standard fare load times depending on the markets (international have fewer than domestic US).

    Fares are loaded into the GDS environment and then cannot really be changed until the next load time. Inventory can be managed directly and dynamically by the airline, independently of fares.
     
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  7. Kalboz
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    The saga continues with the Cheapoair.com post about the subject: When should you buy your airline ticket?
     
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