SOSUA, Dominican Republic- Never hesitate when looking for a plane ticket. The moment you find a good price, buy it. Don’t wait on the chance that the price will come down, don’t monkey around with indecision about departure dates: Just buy it. Once an air ticket is purchased, that is the path you are going [...]
SOSUA, Dominican Republic- Never hesitate when looking for a plane ticket. The moment you find a good price, buy it. Don’t wait on the chance that the price will come down, don’t monkey around with indecision about departure dates:
Just buy it.
Once an air ticket is purchased, that is the path you are going to travel: your route is in stone, it is settled, the foot has spoken, you don’t even need to think about it anymore.
I bobbled and then dropped two good priced air tickets when looking for flights out of the Dominican Republic — I hesitated to click the purchase button, and now must pay double.
Our next move is El Salvador.
When I checked out the prices of onward tickets before coming to the Dominican Republic, I was looking at $120 to Mexico on Jet Blue leaving the beginning of March. But I did not purchase this ticket. I waited, I hesitated. The price has now shot up to over $300.
So I continued looking for cheap flights out of the Dominican Republic towards El Salvador throughout our stay, and a week ago I found a flight for $170 on Spirit Air. This would have been good, too.
I mentioned it to Chaya. We hesitated. This flight is now $290.
We think about staying in the Dominican Republic for another month — we all like it here — but the current rates on flights leaving in April are hitting upwards of $400 per ticket one way. I miscalculated the Caribbean tourism high season — I did not predict that the cost of flights would more than double in only a month’s time — and I’m going to have to pay for it.
I travel with a family now: a wife and a baby. We have a single income, and this income must now cover the costs of two airfares. We are now looking at $600 to get off this island, rather than the $250 that I planned for.
The biggest expense in travel has now doubled for my traveling family. This is perhaps the other side of budgeting for family travel — we save money by staying in apartments, we save more money by traveling slow, but we must boot the costs of two airfares rather than one — and soon it will be three.
Travel tips often come out of travel mistakes, don’t hesitate on buying a plane ticket, as cheap flights have the tendency of rolling over cliffs and disappearing into thin air.
Once you buy a plane ticket, your route is set — there is no more thinking about it, you can now relax. Don’t hesitate at the crossroad.
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February 28, 2010, 1:05 am
Try flying to Puerto Rico first, then connections from PR -> FLL or MIA -> onward. You’ll likely need a physical ticket from the DR to PR… meaning local travel agent.
February 28, 2010, 9:03 am
Ouch . . . I feel your pain. Fluctuating ticket prices are the curse and the blessing of Internet travel. Virtually no-one I know anymore visits a travel agent to buy a ticket – and as such we have more control over the tickets we buy online, whereas years ago we would have sat across the desk from the travel agent and just bought whatever they served up to us. In contrast, those who depend on the Internet for travel needs know that there are all kinds of tips and tricks to getting the best price, and we will spend all kinds of time searching, because we know that best deal is out there! It sounds like this recent purchase is one you are chalking up to experience – and I am going to use it as a reminder for myself also, as I have put myself in similar situations hesitating to buy a ticket in the past. I might also add the tip: “Don’t compare prices AFTER you have already purchased your ticket!”. That can lead to some sleepless nights, too:)
February 28, 2010, 9:24 am
If you’re arriving in Guatemala City at night (or anytime really) I really recommend staying at Patricia’s Hotel. It’s 2 minutes from the airport, and is cheaper than most other things in Guatemala City (including sketchy places downtown). Plus, best of all, they will come pick you up at the airport FOR FREE no matter how late you arrive, and then you get free breakfast. And there’s a great dog named Padme. Anyways, it would probably be something like 15$ for a private room, which is expensive for the rest of Guatemala but a really good deal for Guatemala City.
I’m sad I’m missing you in Guatemala!
Heh… would it be mean to mention that I got my plane ticket back to Canada today for 220 bucks after taxes? Bought only 4 days ahead of time. I am a cheap flight guru.
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