We are a family of 7 - 2 adults, 5 kids aged 14, 13, 11, 9, 7 at time of flying meaning we need 4 adult tickets and 3 children tickets. We are planning to fly from Melbourne to New York around 10th November 2012 and return around 21st December (throughout this period we will be hiring a car and travelling around).
My question concerns when to book our airfares - i realise airfares are a day to day proposition but any insight you can give me would be appreciated.
At the moment we can get flights through Flightcentre (a local travel centre) for around $1400 return adult fare, BUT fares for our time period are coming up at $2200. The staff at flight centre are telling me I should book now as I will not get availability of seats if I wait till later in the year - hoping for a sale.
I am not adverse to booking flights directly with companies. We have flown once before to the usa, and I booked directly with Qantas and I did book fairly early out but it was a multi city ticket which I obviously being a personalised itinerary, doesnt have sales.
What would you suggest?
Thanks in advance