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CLT to SXM #83321
01/21/2016 07:09 PM
01/21/2016 07:09 PM
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Does anyone have any insight or magic incantation I can utter to get a better airfare from Charlotte in October? We like the direct flight on AA but the fare drains much (or at least some) of the joy out of our trip. Is $680 per person round trip about average? Do I need to just stop whining and suck it up? Should I book now or wait?

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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: nouth] #83322
01/21/2016 07:15 PM
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Unless you are flying from the New York City/East Coast area, $680 is not bad. If that is non-stop, I would say it is pretty good. Many people pay that and more with 1-2 connections.

Many years ago CLT seemed to be pretty decent but the fare from there is not what it once was.


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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: nouth] #83323
01/22/2016 08:09 AM
01/22/2016 08:09 AM
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That is about right. We just booked our November/December trip and the round trip tickets from Wilmington NC were about $750 each. You would have thought with the gas prices going down that the ticket prices might have dropped, but they haven't.


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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: nouth] #83324
01/22/2016 01:00 PM
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As others have said $680 in October is a good price. Take it now while you can get it. I'm paying nearly $800 in November.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: GaKaye] #83325
01/22/2016 01:23 PM
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I do not get your pricing...just checked flying from Toronto connecting in CLT then to SXM cost was $327.00 US American then from Toronto thru MIA connecting to SXM is $412.....Georgia these for October flights....both flying American....kate <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/canada.gif" alt="" />

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: KATEONTARIO77] #83326
01/22/2016 01:24 PM
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Your price is because you are close enough to the NY area, that they have to be competitive. Most of the country OTHER than NY area pays a TON more.


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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: GaKaye] #83327
01/22/2016 01:24 PM
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We booked our November trip using frequent flyer miles. 12,500 per person each way going and 17,500 returning. Flying in and out on Mondays. Flights on weekends are double that and triple around Thanksgiving. Sadly, I agree that $680 is a "good" price.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: KATEONTARIO77] #83328
01/22/2016 01:25 PM
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And sometimes connections are actually cheaper. There is little rhyme or reason to airline pricing.


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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #83329
01/22/2016 01:35 PM
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A side note... All flights in and out of Charlotte were canceled today because of the winter storm. 28 degrees at 1:30 pm is pretty cold for Charlotte. Woke up to freezing rain that has stopped for awhile. Wish we were walking the beach at Club O.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: JoeD1949] #83330
01/22/2016 01:41 PM
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I talked to a friend who lives in that area (CLT) and he said the "panic" started last night and they were starting to talk about cancellations then.


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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #83331
01/22/2016 02:03 PM
01/22/2016 02:03 PM
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I heard on our news here that AA is canceling their flights through Philly tomorrow. Guess it is best to be on the side of caution so people can make plans rather than being stuck in an airport!



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Re: CLT to SXM [Re: PreK176] #83332
01/22/2016 02:12 PM
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About $750 Delta Minneapolis to SXM via ATL in March

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: KATEONTARIO77] #83333
01/22/2016 06:46 PM
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KATEONTARIO77 said:
I do not get your pricing...just checked flying from Toronto connecting in CLT then to SXM cost was $327.00 US American then from Toronto thru MIA connecting to SXM is $412.....Georgia these for October flights....both flying American....kate <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/canada.gif" alt="" />


In addition to Carol's explanation, another problem is that we fly the Saturday before Thanksgiving; fares are always higher then.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: GaKaye] #83334
01/23/2016 11:18 AM
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Thanks everyone. I will book it but probably won't quit complaining about it.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: nouth] #83335
01/23/2016 05:12 PM
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I just checked AA from Baltimore and it is $557/person in April. I guess the longer the distance, the less money. Makes no sense that you pay more than me when I would travel from BWI to CLT and then to SXM.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: biglar] #83336
01/23/2016 06:43 PM
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Anyone notice a pattern when using FF miles? They get you there for a reasonable amount then gouge you for the return leg. It used to be the same miles each way.

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: Bluesfan] #83337
01/24/2016 12:59 PM
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Yes we pay almost $700 ea from Miami, in AUGUST!

Re: CLT to SXM [Re: nouth] #83338
01/24/2016 01:28 PM
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nouth said:
Does anyone have any insight or magic incantation I can utter to get a better airfare from Charlotte in October? We like the direct flight on AA but the fare drains much (or at least some) of the joy out of our trip. Is $680 per person round trip about average? Do I need to just stop whining and suck it up? Should I book now or wait?


We have flown out of Charlotte direct the last 5 years in October. I start watching the flights every day starting this time of year. I have seen them drop over a hundred dollars each for a day or two, and then they go back up. Sometimes they go up more than they were originally listed. It is kind of like Vegas. Knowing when to pull the trigger is luck, and hope you get the best price before they go back up. The price you have listed is about where they are this time of year. The last two years, I bought just a little later than this time of year. I am also watching the price for our October trip this year. Good luck.


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