I've been told it is super easy and cheap to buy standby tickets for domestic USA flights at the airport. How true is this?
My concerns are.. I'm a planner.. So I have a time of day (evenings) and specific dates set that I want to fly. I have heard that the later the flights in the US the more likely there will be delays. And since I plan on having all my hotels and activities booked in, those times and dates are important to me.
I also have a pref carrier (Southwest) because of their baggage fees.
I want to fly NY to SFO 10/28/12 ($255 p/p), SFO to LV 10/31/12 ($100 p/p) and LV to LAX 11/02/12 ($77 p/p). (Current web prices).
So other things that are worrying me is that those dates are heading into (or into- so I've been led to believe) peak season. LV also has SEMA on at that time which we want to get to.
The people I'm traveling with are not planners. If booking early is the way to go, how do I go about convincing them?