-- Everyone who's ever gone to Vegas seems to come back with a great story about winning big, which is kind of amazing considering all those big, expensive casino resorts they keep building. But that's what gamblers say.
Reminds me of the folks who are forever grumbling about airline tickets, the ones who say, "You can never find deals anymore." That's not true either.
If you are on the fence about taking a trip in the next five months, you don't have to gamble. Cheap airfare season is now underway and there are some extra-special travel periods that should get your full attention.
Three dead zones are just ahead. Though the original term is probably ecological in origin, referring to low-oxygen areas in oceans and lakes, airlines also experience periods when they're gasping for passengers. When no one wants to fly, ticket prices nosedive.
It's logical: Airlines hate partially filled planes because every empty seat costs them money due to fuel and other costs. Deep discounting is the best way to put behinds in seats during dead zones and that is precisely what they do.
November Dead Zone
December Dead Zone
January Dead Zone
Where Dead Zones Are Not Always Dead
Watch out for higher prices to Caribbean destinations and other sunny spots in late fall and winter, along with some of the smaller close-to-ski-resort airports such as Aspen. Tickets to these destinations generally rise due to greater wintertime demand.
But those are the exceptions. Now is the time to start thinking about dead zone deals. Trust me, it's no gamble.