Finally, the frustration over our impending trip has been relieved… kinda. We finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase our plane tickets now; it was deemed too much of a crap shoot to try and sit and wait for the fares to come down, which would probably happen very close to trip time and then, no seats may be available. We did do a smart thing – booked the flight via Orbitz; with their price assurance guarantee, if someone else books the same flight we did at a lower cost, we get money back. Of course, this depends on someone – anyone – booking the exact same flight on Orbitz and if the price, currently at $266.40, goes down.
It eases the mind a whole lot; all that’s left to do is decide on getting to the airport – shuttle now seems the most likely and best candidate given our 0610 departure – and saving up enough loot to have a little spending money for stuff. Doesn’t seem like a whole lot but it is because timing becomes a factor. We sail in, like, 120 days give or take a day; we have just over three months to get everything squared away but when that money comes in once a month, well, you see where the frustration tends to linger… but it’s not as bad as it was prior to confirming our flights.
Of course – and I expected this – the first thing I saw when I started reading my daily RSS feeds is that AirTran, which has one of the two non-stop flights that’ll get us to Miami when we need to be there, is lowering their prices between now and November 16; the catch is that you have to purchase your tickets by this Thursday to take advantage of the lower prices. I immediately started looking for those lower prices – especially on Orbitz – and was disappointed not to see them. I guessed that while I read the news blurb about it, the actual decreases hadn’t been published, although they may only exist on AirTran’s website – which I need to check.
Nah, the AirTran price for the flight we need is exactly the same price we paid to fly on American Airlines; what they did do was lower the price on some other flights… but those are the ones that can’t get us there when we want and need to be there. With the way things tend to go, if we didn’t need to be at Miami International by a certain time, there would be tons of non-stop flights going there and at really nice low prices, too!
I still can’t quite get over the fact that there aren’t a lot of non-stops going to Miami on a daily and regular basis; between all the airlines going there, it’s like there’s one per day – and fortunately, in the morning, which is what we need.
We did get to tease some other people that are going on the cruise; we called them and “innocently” asked if they had their plane tickets – then cackled as we told them that we have our and are ready to fly! Ah, that felt good…
We still have to decide on whether we’re going to pack separate bags – and eat the $50 baggage fee for American – or pack one big bag for the both of us, which might cost more than the $100 we’d spend together. Ah, we’ll get it figured out…