Originally Posted by Htown Harry
One thing I am curious about from those who are posting relatively high numbers. Do you find that your LBYM instincts are suppressed when planning travel? I.e. you will do research and shop around for days to save $100 on an appliance purchase, but for whatever reason you do not choose to work as hard to find low fares or less expensive hotels?
Some of it is the nature of the event. You're traveling during a school break or to a major gathering (like Rice's Families Weekend). The airlines & hotels know that you're part of a tightly-scheduled crowd so they're not interested in negotiating.
Some of it is a minimum standard of living-- it's hard enough to share an entire house with a teen, let alone a hotel room. She thinks she's getting a great deal with her own suite bedroom or an adjoining room, but we're getting an even better deal for parental privacy!
Some of it is time pressure. When you're researching reservations, you err on the side of paying for quality to minimize the risk of having to spend your first day finding a better place. Or even worse, your first night.
Some of it is a tolerance for pain. I know it's cheaper to connect through three hubs than to fly direct, but each hub just raises the chance of missed connections, lost luggage, or other bad things. I know the midnight Vegas charter is cheaper, but I've had horrid experiences with noisy crew & passengers only to arrive at 8 AM (seven hours before the hotel room is ready) exhausted, standing in long lines with a crowd of other cheapskates, and not exactly in the right frame of mind for the $25 blackjack table. Much better to fly after a good night's sleep in my own bed, to arrive after the hotel room is ready, and to enjoy a leisurely dinner or a show instead of fighting the casino crowds. The blackjack tables have the same odds at 5 AM as any other time of day.
As soon as our pet bunny goes to his great reward I'm really looking forward to picking a last-minute cruise (we're only 30 minutes away from Pier 10), snapping up an unannounced fare sale, staying at a destination for 2-3 months instead of 2-3 days, and renting cheap monthly apartments instead of hotels or condos.
And I thought I was the only one who noticed...