I was pricing a flight from Charlotte to Spokane, Washington for this summer and the cheapest flight I could find was $580, and that was a three-connection redeye. The cheapest normal flight was over $700! What's up with that? I'm not paying much more than that for a trip to Europe this summer. A more practical question -- we have to make the trip, so is it better to buy tickets now at this exorbitant rate, or wait and hope prices go down?