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I was excited to see that I could actually book my flight. My wedding is 10 months away. How far was your wedding when you booked your flight!?!?

I'm always so trigger happy when it comes to things like this.
Who are you flying with..because Southwest keeps saying no flight reservs past March 12....

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We booked ours about 6 months out. Our TA told us a typical price from our city, and what a good price is during a "normal" year. Then we started tracking the dates we wanted on Yapta.com to watch and when it dropped we bought it. The info was good from her so we knew a good price when we saw it.

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We had our wedding in Sept and we booked our flight exactly 330 days before our departure date which was the earliest we could book it. We ended up getting an awesome deal for a multi-country itinerary. We never found fares that low ever again. We saved about $900 per person by booking as soon as we could.

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We got tickets as soon as they became available which was June I think, so about 11 months out. We ended up getting a really good deal since the whole swine flu scare was in full swing, so both of us flying down for $600 which is pretty darn good.

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Southwest is your best bet if you can wait. Most Airline come out with fares about 11 or so months ahead of time. Southwest does not. If you were able to book that cheap before I would wait and for Southwest to come out with their Rate and as soon as they do I would book with whoever has the best rate. This way you know you didn't jump the gun and you were able to see Southwest Rate. I was able to book my airfare 7 months out and we book our resort a year out.

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I should add that yapta is awesome, but doesn't track Southwest so you would have to check that separately.

 

But I would check and make sure Southwest is even an option for you, since they don't fly everywhere, and they aren't always the cheapest. (we found cheaper flights home to TX for the holidays this year on another airline, even though SW is usually the cheapest)

 

We only had one airline option for the day we were leaving for our wedding - only one flew from our city to PV midweek. We wouldn't have changed our days because of it, but it does change the "competitive" pricing because there aren't any! By tracking the prices, though, we still got our tickets for under $280 total (per person) which is a great price from PHX to PVR, normally it's around $350.

 

Also, other guests booked their days before looking at flight options and realized it was going to take them 20 hours to get there! If they had known they would have booked an extra day to make up for it. So I do recommend checking out the flight situations for the days you are considering (and having your guests do the same) so there aren't any of those kind of surprises!

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