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The Importance of fare watching.

You have got to be #)@&*@& kidding me! I screamed this morning.

For weeks now, airfare to Beijing from Toronto have been kicking around the $1110-$1200 mark. Well that was until Sunday when I noticed the fares had jumped to $1380+. Pooping my pants that the boyfriend and I would be paying out our noses for our trip in the new year I went searching through my sources trying to see if I can find any lower fares. While we’re not planning to buy our tickets until the end of this week, I wanted to keep my eye on the fares.

Through United I had found the cheapest available fare that day – $1153/person. Well it’s the best I could find. It wasn’t too much more than what we had originally figure we would pay. Concern that the fares may keep rising we took advantage of United’s farelock program. For a (steep) fee they allow you lock your fare and seats for 72 hours ($9.99/ticket) or 7 days for (19.99/ticket). Granted we now leave at 6:30am and have 2 change of plans before we fly to Beijing, but at least we wont miss our connecting flight in Zhengzhou or paying too much.

But what if the price  goes down again?

If it goes down again, which on Sunday night a few minutes before midnight I was seriously doubting, we can release the tickets and purchases the new ones. At least we know we wont be paying any more than that…

Well, we defiantly wont be paying any more than that seeing how the fares dropped from $1380 to $997 per person including tax. I haven’t seen such low fares for this route since April. I quickly called United to try and secure the new fare  hoping that they wont make me pay yet another farelock fee since I still wont be buying until Friday.

Unfortunately, I had to repurchase farelock on the new tickets to reserve it at that fare.  It still works out to be much cheaper than had we kept the old fare or accepted the even higher fares. We also now have our original flight with only one stop.

It is important to keep an eye on airfare. They fluctuate drastically higher and lower in minutes. To get the best fare, you need to keep looking and when you find a fare that legit and amazing you got to jump on it. Don’t look at just one site. Look at them all, pit them against each other. While United offered the fare at $997, until a few mins again Expedia, and Kayak were still trying to sell them at the old price and Flight Center is offering it at $1151.

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