As previously mentioned in these forums, I will be travelling to HKG in ten days. I opted to fly on Air China after noting that the price on AC for a Flex fare seemed excessive. The prices have come down a bit, though still well above what I paid to book Air China a couple of months ago. Out of interest, I just had a look at the Air Canada flights for the same travel days, and noticed that there are still 129 Y seats left on 23 November YVR-HKG and 153 seats on HKG-YVR on 7 December (assuming I'm counting correctly). So it seems that the load factors are rather less than the stellar levels so often noted here (bearing in mind that I'm looking at only two flights out of thousands). When I booked the flights, CA saved me $2700 (for two) and now the difference between what I paid and what AC would charge is down to a mere $1300 (for two). Will the differential decline to zero or less in the next 8 or 9 days? In terms of my own booking strategy, am I doing it wrong? Should I be looking on other dates to book the flights? Do people wake up on Thursday and decide to go to HKG on Saturday? Am I just too anal booking flights around the time I inform my employer that I intend to take vacation a few months out? Should I be booking a vacation and then waiting to book the flights until the week or even the day before I want to leave?