While Americans were being pinched in the pocketbook from every corner and beyond these last few years, the airlines were raising ticket prices, presumably due to the high cost of fuel. As the average citizen was trying to figure out how to put fuel in the car and food on the table, the idea of taking vacations by air kind of fell off the radar of most people’s wish lists.
Then the airlines announced that they were now charging a fee, typically between $20 and $50, for each extra piece of baggage. Years ago, you could check one piece of luggage and take a carry on at no additional cost. Today, the carry on is all you get with your ticket. No soda, no peanuts and certainly no in-flight meal – not for ‘free’ (that is, included in the price of your airline ticket), as used to be the case. Now we hear that you must also pay a fee for a blanket or pillow as well. The term, ‘discount air ticket’, became a joke when viewed through the haze of all these add-ons.
While everyone understands that businesses must make a profit to remain viable, these new costs to the air fare deals began to look a mite suspicious, as some major airlines began acquiring other major airlines and gobbling up smaller airlines, consolidating their lock on the flying public. The airlines may have taken their lust for excessive profits a tad too far. Which is exactly why 2018 may be the year for the best airfare deals we’ve seen in quite a while.
Before you nix the idea of that longed-for vacation to some dreamy destination entirely, you might want to Google ‘best airfare deals your-destination’ and see what pops up!
One travel newsletter that recently appeared in my email contained an offer from one of the major airlines for a classic example of best airfare deals. A round trip ticket from Los Angeles to Panama at 50% off, in the high season! I did a little checking and discovered that, indeed, just one month ago, the same flight cost twice the current price. I believe this particular offer has now expired, but a little further investigation revealed that this offer is not the only one in town.
The truth of the matter is that the airlines have nickel and dimed themselves into air flights that are, in many cases, only half booked! This has forced them into promoting some of the best airfare deals we’ve seen in a very long time. Good for us!
While I’m not personally planning on taking a trip any time soon (I need to save it up for a good one!), if you’ve got some extra cash and the time, go shopping for some of these best of the best airfare deals. If you can get 50% off to a high season destination, just think of the prices you might find to shoulder or low season destinations! Let’s see – Ireland for Valentine’s? Rome for Easter?
It’s certainly worth combing the net for this bounty of best airfare deals. I wonder, can you pack your own dinner for the flight?