Are you sure $1200 is not for a first class ticket?
If you are traveling Monday-Saturday, the airfare on all the airlines is much higher. They want you to stay over a saturday night to fill up the planes and of course, to impose travel restrictions.
All major airlines follow these basis rules:
- advance purchase required for cheapest rate (or last minute email/cyber specials)
- Cheapest rates are nonrefundable, but the tickets are valid for one year from the date of issuance to be applied to the purchase of a new ticket.There is a $75 penalty. If the new ticket is cheaper than the old one ( Less than $75) you eat it. If it is more, then you should receive a voucher for the difference. Airlines and travel agencies hate giving out vouchers. Moreso because it is a pain in the ass to to the paper work on the damn things.
Shirley’s helpful travel tips:
- Always call the airlines or check their websight before departing for the airport to see if your flight is on time. Just because the weather is great here, doesn’t mean that it isn’t fogged in or bogged down with rain there.
2)If you are at the airport and it looks like your flight is going to be cancelled, RUN to the nearest payphone and call that airlines toll free number (or whom you booked it through) and get a listing of all flight numbers and times for departures on that airline and other airlines.(Actually, this is a good idea to print out from your home computer so you have all the info and numbers at your finger tips in case you need it.) Tenatively book something as backup, hang up and go stand in the line. Chances are you will have protected yourself from being put on some really annoying flight later in the day or the next day.
3)Never pack more than you can carry.
- Unless you can afford first class, quit bitching about the size of the seats.
5)Even if you are not AAA or Government employee, ask what the rate is when you call to make a hotel reservation. It is very rare that they check, and if they do, tell them your ID is at the office or something.
6)Hotels in any major city are going to be expensive. NY, London and Paris are particularly high, averaging $225 and up without all the taxes.
- When traveling in Europe, double beds as we know it here are actually two twin beds pushed together over there. It is usually in American based hoteliers that you will find the double or king bed selection, but expect to pay for it. Comforters are de rigeur over there and folded down at the base of the mattress, so don’t think that housekeeping is shoddy.
8)There is no age limit for youth hostels. If you are young at heart and light of purse, it is a fabulous way to stay cheaply and meet lots of people.
9)Air conditioning and deorderant are practically non-existant in Europe.
10)Do you really need a Hard Rock t-shirt?
- Charters are a great way to get overseas or to Mexico ( in season) for sometimes half the money the regular airlines want. Yes, there is no first class, but you couldn’t afford it to begin with and you are packed in like the poor, just like the BIG GUYS and you don’t get frequent flyer miles. BUT you do save money. ATA (American Trans Air) is excellent and very reliable. One of the largest, if not so, charter companies in the world. I’ve flown with them on all my overseas flights.
That’s all I can think of at the moment.