I live in Salt Lake, a Delta hub, and so I mainly fly Delta. I'm trying to figure out why airline prices are so high. I have flown to Myrtle Beach in April every year for the last 6 years. I have paid anywhere between $320 and $600. I have always booked my ticket for this trip in January.
This year the flight I take is $815 for some reason. I have looked at the seats, and none of the flights I am looking at have over 30% occupancy. I also ran into this recently on a number of other flights, and decided not to travel because the prices were too high.
I thought travel was down right now? It seems like this is going against supply and demand. Am I missing something? Fuel prices don't seem that much higher than last year when I paid $560 for the same ticket.
Does anyone have any advice on when I need to book my flight? I definitely don't want to overpay, but I'm concerned prices may actually increase for some reason I'm not seeing. Is there any kind of magic number as to the number of days before the flight that I need to book?