Wednesday, November 23, 2005

How Do These Planes Get Full?

I am good at finding cheap airfares. I help friends and family out with it from time to time because I am so good at it. But the downside to being good at it is that I cannot just book a likely looking flight and be done with it. I have to exhaust every possible flight combination to find the cheapest and most advantageous itinerary. Which is why I just blew a perfectly good baby-free afternoon booking our Christmas flights. Epu and Nutmeg left for the park before 3, and suddenly it's dark out, after 5 p.m., and I'm just now done.

Don't laugh. There were many conditions to be met. I won't bore you with all of them except to say that I succeeded in getting the whole Pu family to MKE at around the same time my mother will be arriving there from DC, meaning that we can all share a ride. I got me home in time for my return to work, got Epu a different flight a few days later, yet managed to get us both on the same outgoing flight. All this for less than I had originally planned on paying.

I'm that good. Sadly, holiday prices being what they are, this journey will still cost us to the tune of $800. But at least we won't have to rent a car the way it's arranged now.

Time to make dinner and mourn my "afternoon off."

1 comment:

Notta Wallflower said...

What's your secret? I'm flying a lot these days and I'm paying way too much to go to good ole Spokane. :-/