I'll be coming by road and I'm unsure of my arrival time at the airport, at least till a couple of days before the date.

The departure and arrival airports are well connected through multiple airlines and multiple flights, and I have flexibility regarding the time of departure.

Is it better to scour the booking counters of multiple airlines for a great deal on last minute departures, rather than booking something like 24 hours before ?

I'm asking for India specifically, but any help is appreciated.

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  • Why would it be cheaper offline? Almost nothing is cheaper offline these days.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 17:08
  • @JonathanReez It could be cheaper if online booking has stopped, the plane is still not full and the person flying would pay something, so any extra that the airline gets would be a plus, since they are flying the aircraft anyway. Thus there exists an incentive for cheap last minute tickets. Just wanted to see if people have experienced it often enough
    – DS R
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 17:11
  • This would encourage people to camp out at the airport, rather than buying tickets on time.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 17:30
  • @JonathanReez Possible, but I'm not envisaging a very cheap ticket, maybe a bit lesser than what it was a day or 2 back, and maybe only for a single ticket or at max for a couple
    – DS R
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 17:34

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No. The ticket desk can sell a few things that the websites cannot (most notably complicated itineraries) but for a simple one way or return flight, they access the same fare tariffs.

You usually pay a handling fee now to purchase a ticket in person at an airport ticket desk, on top of the normal fare.

Therefore it is almost always better to buy online.

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