Questioning The Advance Purchase Airfare Axiom

Is it still a bad idea to wait until the last few days before a flight to buy a ticket? Yes. However, extra capacity and low-fare competition is causing some counterintuitive pricing. Walk-up fares, for example, are not always the most expensive.

For the most part, travel management pros continue to advocate advance purchasing. It's a common component of corporate policies. Advito senior director and air practice area leader Olivier Benoit said the tenet to book further out for lower fares still holds, "generally speaking." According to a Concur analysis, businesses on average save $148 per ticket . . .

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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