Stebben84 wrote:Crockett wrote:The industry is far from perfect, but it certainly is cheap.
About a year and a half ago I was flying in from Europe to Chicago. I was hoping to get a connecting flight to Madison. $600. You call that cheap. I call that bullshit.
Fares keep going up and the service keeps getting crappier.
When I was flying around in Europe, I was blown away by how good the service and food was on the flight. The flight from Belgium to Italy was pretty short, yet the food was something I would actually purchase in a restaurant. The airports were hit or miss, but overall on par if not better than here.
Why the hell can't we do this?green union terrace chair wrote:One wonderful thing that was NOT available years ago is your ability to compare and buy airfares on your own without the use of a travel agent. And even beyond Orbitz, Travelocity, Kayak, etc. ... I recommend Bing's airfare comparison site (used to be an independent site called Farecast). It's fantastic if you have flexible travel dates.
When these first started I thought they were great. When I went this route my last two trips I found them a bust. Every site had virtually the same rates and even similar rates to the airline websites. I tried every trick in the book and spent weeks getting updates with no good deals popping up. I then tried something. I checked the cost for one-way flights each way and bingo, I saved about $150 by not booking round trip. How come these sites didn't do that for me? I'll keep using them, but they aren't what they used to be. I actually think Groupon and Living Social sites are gonna be the next way to get cheap airfare.
If Groupon lasts. But yes, I also know people who have found deals with one-way combos.
MSN has been called one of the most expensive airports and that's very often true. Sometimes you can get a deal or it's not that much more that Chicago. What it really depends on is where you're going. If you're going MSN -> DTW -> elsewhere, it's usually not much more than ORD -> elsewhere. But MSN -> ORD is usually expensive and when you factor in getting to the airport an hour before you flight and all other hassles, is it that much more of a time-saver than just taking the Van Galder to ORD?
I was recently pricing some fares to South America and found that flying out of MSN vs. ORD was nearly identical, probably because either of those both need to fly to the same hubs ATL, IAH (Houston) or some other southern US hub before using the same flights down to South America.