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May 24, 2005

The Myth of Cheap Tickets.

Ok. I finally have had enough with the chemotherapy and the feeling just a little bit weaker every three weeks, so this is what I did: I took a week off. Yes. I do chemotherapy Wednesday (tomorrow! yay!), then again the following Wednesday.

THEN... instead of a week off to get just enough strength to survive the next immediate round of chemotherapy, I'm taking an extra week off. So, just when I'm starting to feel well again, instead of chemotherapy I have... another week off! My theory is that I feel like a regular human for a week, then return refreshed and stronger than ever to resume treatment.

That's my theory. As is often the case with theories, however, reality (in this case, reality comes in the form of a checkbook) is working against us.

Mrs. Popping Culture and I have plans to get to the beach - specifically a cabin on the Outer Banks of North Carolina owned by a friend of Mrs. Popping Culture's mother. The drive home is 10 hours, then another 2 to the beach, so I'm thinking that it might be a bit much to have to tolerate in the shape I'll be in, even if we split it up over two days of driving.

All that to say, we want to fly. Of course, a week at the tourist-trap beach and airfare are not normal expenses when you're living on disability checks for the first time in your 36 years.

All THAT to say, Bill Shatner keeps coming on my television, telling me I can fly around the world for 37 cents if I just click on Priceline or whatever cheap tickets website at just the right time. Air fare might really be the difference between whether we vacation on the sunny Outer Banks or watch random bits of trash float ashore on Lake Erie, so I really don't need Mr. Shatner pulling at my trouser leg just now.

I've never had any luck finding cheap tickets online. Each site has a story about how a family of twelve flew to southern India for fourteen dollars, but I suspect those are stories told to pull you in.

The deposit on the cabin should all but use up our vacation money... have any of you ever had luck with cheap tickets? If so, what site did you use, how did you find the fare, and did you have to leave at 3:30 a.m. hopping on one leg and reciting the Star Spangled Banner to get the discount?

Posted by Dan at May 24, 2005 08:56 AM

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There are 4 websites that I check...Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Cheaptickets.com, and Priceline.com. I bought a ticket to Indiana for this Friday for less than $100 through Independence Air. Not sure if they fly out of Ohio though. Good luck! Please let us know when you come. We would love to see you and Mrs P.C. if possible.

Posted by: Brooks at May 24, 2005 11:11 AM

It's a myth! I even have connections at some airlines, and they have these "buddy-passes". You get to fly for "as cheap as they possibly can". You still end up paying about $100 or more. Granted, driving to the OBX is possibly going to cost about $150 in gas, not to mention the time. So, the cheap ticket theory is probably a good start, but the problem with Priceline is that if you offer and they accept....you're locked in, not knowing the full details of your itinerary.

www.flyi.com is the site for Independence Air. I've heard good stuff about them also. By good, I mean cheap....they probably treat you like the staff at Dick's Last Resort.

Posted by: doug at May 24, 2005 01:20 PM

I fly to Michigan every month and I always book tickets through Orbitz. But it seems that all the online ticket places (including the airlines themselves) charge pretty much the same price for the same flight.

Posted by: Ara at May 24, 2005 03:36 PM

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