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bdubsmd

When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by bdubsmd »

My husband and I are flying from DC to Rome then home from Venice at the end of June 2018. We have specific dates we can fly because family is coming in to babysit our kids. Currently, tickets are $2700 totaly for both of us? Will they get cheaper? We are not flexible on dates and I am just so excited to go that I don't want to miss out on the cheapest tickets!

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Road Crazy

RE: When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by Road Crazy »

That's the million-dollar question, and one no one can really answer.  As to whether that's a decent fare, where are you flying from?  I have been following fares from SFO to VCE/FCO open-jaw for some time, as I anticipate a May-June trip in a year or two and want to get a feel for them.  I have seen fares around ~$1350 in economy plus, in FCO and out VCE, on Air Berlin.

 

I suggest you sign up for Airfare Watchdog's alerts, and check Kayak and ITA Software regularly.  I think there will probably be lower fares after the first of the year, but no guarantees as it varies from year to year.  But I don't think you need to pull the trigger yet.  I would watch a while more.

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Johnexplo

RE: When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by Johnexplo »

Everyone has his own theory on the best time to buy an airplane ticket. Some swear you have to book at least six months out to get the best savings, while some opt for last minute ticket deals. The best time frame depends on where you are traveling. The ideal advance-purchase time for flights within North America is 57 days, for flights from North America to Asia/Pacific 160 days, and from North America to Europe 176 days. All of these resulted in approximately 10-11% savings.

So, when planning your next trip to Italy, buy your plane ticket ahead of time (176 days to be exact).

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billiv

RE: When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by billiv »

On average, about 120 days out from your travel date has been the sweet spot--usually; more-or-less.  But with the sophisticated pricing programs airlines use these days, a great sale can pop up almost any time.  And you know the old saw about averages: A man with his head in a hot oven and his feet in a freezer is comfortable on average.

For our early September 2017 trip flying Philadelphia to Venice and Milan to Philadelphia, we booked in mid-April and paid about $450 per person (cattle car class)--that was about 155 days out. Of course, Air Canada Rouge to Venice was a garbage aircraft with zero amenities; but the Lufthansa flights back home from Milan were great.

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rbciao

RE: When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by rbciao »

One strategy I use is when i find a good price I like I buy it and STOP looking. It seems that after I purchase I will possibly see a cheaper fare and this only makes me crazy. So, when you buy... stop looking.

 

Plus, when you consider the overall cost of the trip a few dollars one way or another does not make much difference.

 

Go and have fun.

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Chuck Cleveland

RE: When is the best time to buy airline tickets to Italy for June?

by Chuck Cleveland »

The rate you have is pretty good. We often travel to Florence and back in April, and three weeks out of four, the price for two is a little less han $3000 for two round trip tickets. There is a week when the rate goes down to $1900 (from Atlanta), and that's what we try for (at major airlines, I'd add). The rate goes up in the summer, so I think you've done well.  Try to follow the advice about buying the tickets and not checking prices over and over again. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

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