In an unexpected move, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Frontier Airlines, AirTran Airways and Midwest Airlines are waiving their holiday advance-purchase requirements – dropping some ticket prices by as much as 79%
Take for example an American flight between Dallas and New York: On Wednesday, it sold for $1,858 roundtrip. A day later, the price had been slashed 79% to $388 roundtrip. Delta’s Atlanta to Seattle no-advance purchase airfares were priced at $1,198 before diving some 78% to as low as $258 roundtrip.
Still, there are requirements around the no-advance-purchase requirements. The sales are date-specific for the lowest fares and tiered on peak travel dates. Here’s a breakdown:
Tier 1 is the cheapest and available on Dec. 16, 17 and 25, and Jan. 1 and 4.
Tier 2 fares are about 30% higher than the lowest and available only on Dec. 18, 20, 21, 24, 30 and 31. That Dallas to New York flight, for instance, is $478 those days.
Tier 3 tacks on another 25% to the price with travel dates restricted to Dec. 19, 22, 23, 26, 28 and 29. For the Dallas to New York travel, the ticket price is $100 higher than tier 2.
Tier 4 fares have not been included in the holiday airfare sale and are more expensive. These fares – as expected – cover Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 and 3.
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