So how good of a deal did I get? Well last week I managed to book me and the two kids round trip tickets to hawaii for $655 total for 3 people. That works out to $218 per person round trip.
Alaska airlines was having a 2 day sale for BOGO to and from Kona. So the price of our one way ticket was $103 per person. That is $309 for all three of us returning from Kona. Then going the same thing happened except it was $347 for 3 of us or $115 per person. I had already reduced our fare a couple weeks ago to $200 one way pers person so our total trip already was $1200 for the three of us. Now I got it almost 50% off.
I sent it to my friends but some people can't get out of their own way. Instead they kept their booked tickets and paid $600 per person to go to hawaii. I get it. Once you book your tickets the idea of sitting there and snagging a deal is hard to wrap your head around.
This is the reason why booking the main cabin tickets for $40 per person with seat selection is worth it. If you buy saver fares you have to pay $150 to make a change. Instead you can cancel your ticket and use the credit to buy the new cheaper tickets. Or if you are hesitant if you talk with the airlines or through chat you are able to get them to give you airline credit for the overage. I currently have around $679 in alaska wallet credit to be used in the future.
So sometimes it's worth checking airfare much like checking the pricing of a hotel room or car rental.