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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Frequent Flier
Hah! I have enough frequent flier miles on Southwest to fly RT to Los Angeles for free. From there, I can fly to Beijing for less than $800 RT. Sweet!! And of course, I have no hotel costs for the first half of the trip thanks to my gracious hostess with the mostest in China.

Alternatively, I could save the frequent flier miles and get a direct flight from Dulles for about $1,250, which actually, might be a lot less hassle.

Then again, my friends in LA has been bugging me for a visit. I could tie a couple of days on in LA on the way there or back and see them, or just save the miles for a separate trip later. I'm already planning on being out of the office for 2+ weeks.

And lastly, dear friends of mine are getting married in Holland about the same time I wanted to head to China. Dare I try to get to Holland for their wedding and then proceed to Beijing with an around the world ticket? That would mean a three week trip for sure, but around the world tickets start at only $1,300 and go up from there with limited airports and dates.

I paid about $1,300 to fly to Brisbane, Australia from Philly a little more than a decade ago, which at the time, was a real bargain.

Despite inflation, rising gas prices, etc., there is no doubt about it - air fare has gotten a lot cheaper (relatively) over time.
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:35 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At March 22, 2007, Blogger Charissa said…

    I HATE traveling, but I am suddenly very jealous. California? China? Holland? Goodness, B.

  • At March 22, 2007, Blogger tfg said…

    I'm such a putz. I've got 10 days off and a valid passport. Where am I going? Indiana.

  • At March 23, 2007, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    tfg: You need better friends. I have raised the art of recruiting and retaining friends in exotic places to an art form. I'm a world class free loader when it comes to international travel.

    But I hear Indiana is nice too.

  • At March 23, 2007, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    A three week trip? Enjoy it, Broadsheet! Send me a post card from China!!!

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