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As many long-time blog readers know, my family is going to Europe this summer. I used miles and points to book us lie-flat business class seats. This will be our first time flying in business class as a family.
The only piece of the puzzle missing is a domestic leg on the way home from Chicago to Dallas for my husband and sons. They are flying United from Zurich to Chicago non-stop, but getting flights for the Chicago to Dallas leg should be relatively cheap and easy. Right?
Historically, a one-way flight between these two cities is under $100. But now, for the date/time required, I’m looking at flights in the $300 range. What??!?!
I know there are several factors coming into play here….inflation, fuel prices, fewer workers/routes, more travelers, etc. But instead of looking at paying a total of $300 for this final jaunt home, I’m now looking at ~$900.
Using miles and points isn’t much better. Yikes!
My Strategy for Dealing with Outrageous Flight Prices
I’m not quite giving in and buying those expensive flights yet. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Setting Price Alert: I set up a price alert email through my Capital One travel portal. This alert will let me know if ticket prices go down.
Watching for Web Specials: I plan to keep watching AA and United websites for web specials on award flights.
Considering Alternatives: We could consider staying the night in Chicago for a less expensive flight the next day. Or, I can start looking at flights from Midway instead of O’Hare. And, they could even take Amtrak home instead of flying.
Of course, this is the last leg on a two-week trip. We will all likely be exhausted. I don’t want to make the last leg too inconvenient and complicated to where it takes away from our overall trip enjoyment too much.
So, in the end, I may end up ponying up the $900 for the flights. But for now, I’m taking a “wait and see” approach.
Are you seeing high prices on summer flights? How are you dealing?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.