It has become my custom to tell you, gentle readers, that airfares have hit an absolute rock bottom and cannot possibly drop any more, just before they do. (Please note the increased courtliness of my writing style; I have been reading Don Quixote.)
Just last month I went to Honolulu on a $401 round-trip fare from Bradley that I was convinced would never be matched. And last week I bought a $256 round-trip fare to Honolulu from Newark.
Thus my credibility is in shambles, as it should be, but visions of palm trees and mai tais keep me from feeling suitably abashed. Yet now, wiser voices than mine proclaim that the precipitous decline of airfares is ending and that you, fair readers, had better buy your tickets now if you have somewhere to go.
“Two airfare hikes in the past few weeks is the strongest signal I have seen that the bottom is either here or near,” Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com told the Los Angeles Times.
The Associated Press quotes many well-informed experts in the field, including Seaney, who think prices may rebound soon. Tom Parsons of Bestfares.com offers a great tip. He “recommends making a top-10 list and checking fares until you find a bargain. Chances are some of your favorite spots will be on sale.”
So do it, my fair, gentle, good-looking and intelligent readers. Book your fares and go somewhere, not because I command it, but because you know you want to.