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For some odd reason, I have difficulty pulling the trigger and actually buying airline tickets.

I mention this now because I just bought tickets for our trip to New York over the 4th of July weekend for a friend's wedding. I've known about this trip for almost a year. I started pricing them two weeks ago, and my indecision cost me about $80.

I was having problems deciding between JetBlue and Continental. Southwest was in the running for awhile, as they now fly to La Guardia, but they were too pricy compared to everyone else. JetBlue was cheaper and from an easier airport (on this side). Continental was more familiar and possibly miles generating with more daily flights to choose from.

And then I was struggling with when we should go and when we should return. Go on Wednesday and really explore the city? Go on Friday so my bank account isn't bled dry by New York prices? Return on an early Monday flight to attempt to get to wor for part of that day?

Of course, now that it's over and done with, I'm totally ok with every decision that I made. I like that we've enough time so we don't have to rush to either airport. I like that the likelihood of being hungover on the plane back home has been minimized. I like that we're not overdoing the trip by planning too mcuh. And the price wasn't outrageous, even though it was more than it could have been.

My dad, and apparently Graham's dad, is the opposite. Graham and I are going to Las Vegas in about three hours for a family reunion. Graham's dad bought our tickets back in February, which I think was the earliest that he could get them. My dad just found out about a trip to Nicaragua for a friend's birthday in September, and he was irritated last weekend that he couldn't immediately buy his tickets on his iPhone. On more than one occassion, my dad has had to replan vacations because the plane schedule changed due to his buying tickets so early.

Graham and I have at least two more trips this summer, and I haven't even thought about buying tickets for them yet. One, his sister's wedding in Cleveland, was etched in stone last fall. The other, a long overdue trip to see his mom, can be scheduled for anytime. And then there's Burning Man...

Oh, and I may have some free time in New York over the fourth of July weekend....



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Jun. 12th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm always convinced that the price is going to drop the day after the tickets. So I usually dither about for a week or two trying to decide whether to pull the trigger or not.* Which in reality, of course, usually serves to give the ticket prices time to go up.

*Sometimes it's in the completely unreasonable and never realized hope that flight times will change and getting the really good fare won't involve me having to leave my house at 4:00 am.
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
You're going to be as close to me as NYC? Yet so far. :(
Jun. 16th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
me and nackie are going to be in Connecticut, and Manhattan at some point during the weekend. We fly back here the 5th. I like JetBlue. nonstop is a big deal for us.
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