“I was going to take Jake hiking in New Zealand for our vacation but the flights are so expensive. . . grrrrrr,” Laura says wistfully, recounting the sad fate of her travel plans.
There’s no denying it, whether you hunt on vayama.com, kayak.com, cheapoaire.com or other consolidators for flights, you just can’t get around the $1,100 to $1,700 USD price tag for a flight to New Zealand from the West Coast, never mind the East Coast <ahhhhhhhhh> and we’re not even in the high season yet. But look, given the high prices, if you squint and think of this over beers while not thinking too much, there are some advantages.
And here are some not-so-obvious advantages:
1).Getting through nasty U.S. security is quicker and less painful with a lot fewer travelers lining up to get frisked these days, due to the fact that if their Grandmas had any rings left, they would have been hocked by now to pay the mortgage. Nevermind TSA would frisk Grandma, without batting an eye, if she cashed in to travel herself. . . hee hee.
2). Grandma would happily sacrifice a bit of bling because Laura will take Jake hiking in New Zealand, a dream he has always had, making him happier than a kid at Christmas and causing him to spontaneously propose marriage. Fast forward. . . then on the honeymoon, after the quick Las Vegas wedding, Laura gets pregnant and Grandma has her first great grandchild. Priceless.
2a). Or with any luck at all, Grandma has dementia and won’t remember the ring. Or she will actually have something to do, looking for it for the rest of her days. In fact you can feign innocence and do some proper bonding with Grandma before she leaves this mortal coil and listen to her meandering down memory lane about her long dead husband while you pretend to help her look for that ring.
3). You have a good chance of scoring four middle seats on a transpacific/transatlantic flight airplane so you can sleep the whole way. So it’s really four seats for the price of one (with some clever accounting, they’re just about paying you to fly!). Plus you don’t have to deal with achy legs and DVT <I can’t spell it and therefore can’t look it up>.
4). The crew is really nice to you for a change <they know you pay their salary and they are happy they still have one>. They still have a job because of you and so might even bring you a working headset without charging $10.99 to watch a movie; give you the extra 7-Up in the can for your drink or bother to find you an extra blanket. First Class service by default – woo hoo!
4a). You may have forgotten but it’s an international flight so booze is FREE; even the hard stuff. Party on Plane anyone?!
5). You can attempt to get away with avoiding the $75 luggage charge by bringing on a little-over-the-limit carry on because there’s room in the overhead, which also gives you space under your seat for your shoes that come off before you lay across four seats to sleep. <ahhhh nice>
6). You essentially gain a day of travel because you stretched out and slept instead of asking your body to absorb the impact of a 10 to 12-hour haul in the upright position. So now you don’t have to pay for a hotel room before you start your trip because you are rested, bright-eyed and bushy tailed to start, and if you take that extra day of expenses off the trip cost, that flight just became even more reasonable.
Voila! Who knew paying more could be so cheap! And Laura and Jake are having a baby.
Written by Marie