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when to book airfares to Ireland or Wales ???

Need some advice.. we are hoping to go either to Ireland or Wales during the first two weeks of August of this coming summer... any suggestions as to when would be a smart time to book the air tickets? Don't want to do it too soon, but also not too late either!!! Suggestions? Would be flying out of Philadelphia, and would it be best to fly to Dublin? or another city.... trying to be as economical as possible!!!!

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We flew into Bristol and took a bus (coach) to Cardiff where we spent several days. Then we took the train back from Cardiff to Bristol to fly into Cork. We spent 4 days exploring from Clonakilty to Cashel and then flew back to Cardiff. Booking in advance gets the best rates on the bus or train. We had to take the coach to Cardiff because we arrived on a Sunday and the train schedule didn't work. Both were great!

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Fares go up and fares go down and no one can predict where they'll be in another week or month, not even those who work for the airlines. Also, there are a zillion travel websites, but none is going to have significantly better fares than the other on a consistent basis. There's too much competition.

So my advice is that once you decide when and where you want to go, just go to Expedia or Travelocity and buy your tickets and quit thinking about it.

Remember that fares may change, but the number of available seats will always dwindle. Especially in August!

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I used and plugged in varying dates. I have found that leaving on Tues or Wed. can greatly drop your flight price, so if you have some wiggle room, play with some different arrival/departure dates. Tripadvisor is a site similar to Kayak, etc..that is, they show you the best prices and then you go to that airline to book. But I watched for about a month, checking different arrival/departure dates and finally found $650 (all fees included) round trip airfare via tripadvisor to Ireland (flying from U.S. into Dublin -via London, and then back home out of Shannon).
good luck!