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gofins
07-18-2009, 12:59 PM
Trying to fly my mother-in-law from Cali, Colombia to either Reagan National Airport in D.C. or BWI ( in Baltimore). Someone saw tickets a few days ago for under $400 but doesn't remember what website it was. Most sites I checked either are over $900 or don't offer for flights originating outside of U.S. Where can I get the cheapest flight possible? She is coming as soon as I can get tickets.

Tetragrammaton
07-18-2009, 01:43 PM
I always use Expedia.

The trick is to buy the tickets either really early or really late. That might sound risky, but if you wait until there is less than a day left until the flight, the prices usually plummet. When I was flying to Tokyo, the price of a ticket two days before was huge, but then I waited a day and it dropped.

HansMojo
07-18-2009, 02:06 PM
Trying to fly my mother-in-law from Cali, Colombia to either Reagan National Airport in D.C. or BWI ( in Baltimore). Someone saw tickets a few days ago for under $400 but doesn't remember what website it was. Most sites I checked either are over $900 or don't offer for flights originating outside of U.S. Where can I get the cheapest flight possible? She is coming as soon as I can get tickets.
I like to use a site called Kayak.com. It checks all the major airlines plus sites like orbitz, expedia, priceline, etc. The beauty of it is that it also allows you to check 3 days before and after your departure date as well as your arrival date. So you are checking fares for an entire week on both ends of your trip with only one search. Fares can be very different from one day to the next so this gives you a really helpful view to save money. But to do the multi-day search you have to sign up for a free account. It's worth it. Trust me, sign up and view the fares for an entire week instead of just the days you are searching and you will love it.

Are you looking for a round trip or a one way? I found a round trip for 799 from CLO to IAD (7/21-8/8). and a one way for 645 (7/21). I didn't try other weeks. But again, the multi-week view is critical. For example, on that search I ran, if you leave on 7/18, the fare is $2,875 a person. The other days that come up on the grid are; 7/19 - $816; 7/20-$1,281; 7/21 - $799; 7/22 - $1,066. So as you can see, the day you go makes a huge difference and I wouldn't have known all that unless I ran a search for each day. Multi day search FTW!

Important things to remember:
- Check the details of the flights. This search engine will find cheap airfare, but you could have horrible layovers on some of the flights that come up. Many times there will be a whole page of flight options with the same exact dates and prices, but some will have drastically better layovers and put you on more desireable planes. So check before you buy.

- Prices change frequently. What comes up now might be very different in 5 minutes, so search often (I'm very serious about this. prices can change very often).

- Checking the box that allows you to search nearby airports can save you TONS of money. When I first searched, it came up 2800 for a round trip. When I checked the nearby airports box, it dropped to 799.

Good luck!

HansMojo
07-18-2009, 02:26 PM
Just checked a couple weeks later. She can fly for $536 if she can wait till Aug 7


Here are the details:

Fri Aug 7 2009 to Fri Aug 14 2009 (Trip length: 7 days)


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Site Airfare Taxes/Fees Total Copa Airlines $261.00 $275.30 $536.30 (http://www.kayak.com/book/flight?code=0-ihqIRocVAipcG2_VKjUm.Fhk0Pt.0.F.CM.53630.0&resultid=a39e516816c6691e16e93e9e092da8c7) Go See airline fees (http://www.kayak.com/airline-fees) Depart Fri Aug 7 2009 This flight leaves on Friday and arrives on Saturday. http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2009/07/afqiconbubbleredeye-1.gif Copa Airlines
Flight 7454 Departs: 1:56p
Alfonso B. Aragon (CLO) Arrives: 2:55p
Eldorado (BOG) Coach | Fare code: LUSD | Embraer 190 (Narrow-body Jet) | 0h 59m | 173 miles | 9+ seats remain Layover in Bogota, Colombia (BOG) for 1h 21m Copa Airlines
Flight 302 Departs: 4:16p
Eldorado (BOG) Arrives: 5:54p
Tocumen Intl (PTY) Coach | Fare code: TERN90/SR | Boeing 737-700 (Narrow-body Jet) | 1h 38m | 468 miles | 9+ seats remain Layover in Panama City, Panama (PTY) for 1h 16m Copa Airlines
Flight 488 Departs: 7:10p
Tocumen Intl (PTY) Arrives: 1:00a
Dulles Intl (IAD) Coach | Fare code: TERN90/SR | Boeing 737-700 (Narrow-body Jet) | 4h 50m | 2067 miles | 2 seats remain


Return Fri Aug 14 2009 Copa Airlines
Flight 357 Departs: 6:37a
Dulles Intl (IAD) Arrives: 10:36a
Tocumen Intl (PTY) Coach | Fare code: TERN90/SR | Boeing 737-700 (Narrow-body Jet) | 4h 59m | 2067 miles | 9+ seats remain Layover in Panama City, Panama (PTY) for 0h 52m Copa Airlines
Flight 615 Departs: 11:28a
Tocumen Intl (PTY) Arrives: 1:01p
Alfonso B. Aragon (CLO) Coach | Fare code: TERN90/SR | Embraer 190 (Narrow-body Jet) | 1h 33m | 433 miles | 9+

gofins
07-18-2009, 11:28 PM
Thanks guys. Really appreciate the help!