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Flight Ticket Release Dates - our new guide

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Hi folks, we have a new Flight Ticket Release Dates guide, and we'd love to hear your feedback and if booking when seats are released bagged you a bargain.

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  • blindmanblindman Forumite
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    If you're flying at a very popular time (Easter,Xmas etc) then I do not think you can go wrong with booking at the earliest opportunity on any airline.

    One Caveat about early bookings though:

    Airline schedules (dates\times\routes) are never fixed in stone until about 6 months out or even closer.
    So if you book mega early expect some alterations in times etc. and even route cancellations.

    Be prepared with a fall back plan and a notion of your consumer rights if the alterations\cancellations are unsuitable.
  • I have read the article below with great interest. I am trying to book 2 seats to Madeira on 10/2/18 - 17/2/18 with BA, a full 1 year in advance. Seats have only just become available for these dates the last day or 2. Cost, over £600 each return.

    A week earlier, seats are £59. Tweeted BA who say it is down to availability, which is absolute rubbish as I have been keeping check for the last 2 weeks and doubt very much that a high number of seats have been taken in 2 days.

    Just so happens this is School half term, but hey is that me being cynical?

    I was expecting to pay £500 ish, certainly not £1200 and as so far in advance am surprised I can't achieve this.

    Has anyone else experienced the same problem? before anyone asks, my wife works at a school so can't change the dates :(
  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    How much is business class?
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  • Pushes cost up to £1440
  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    Look at flight+hotel on Ba.com or expedia
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  • Thanks Richard. However have a Private apartment lined up that we are renting and want to go back to. Will look at Easyjet but there schedule is not available for Feb until later in the year
  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    You don't have to stay at the hotel if you book a flight+hotel deal.
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  • mmm, good point. I'll check. Thanks
  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    Air Portugal have indirect flights from £187 return.
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  • malkie76malkie76 Forumite
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    paulsjoy wrote: »
    Tweeted BA who say it is down to availability, which is absolute rubbish

    It is entirely due to availability. Increased demand from passengers, at peak times with no availability for additional flights. The fact that passengers have or not have not yet booked seats doesn't impact on the direct availability.
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