We only have one getaway on the books... we'll be heading to Phoenix soon to see the White Sox vs. Diamondbacks. I love that their schedule includes several west coast stops while on the road, but I digress. We're itching to plan a vacation or two. But the airlines have not been cooperative. We want to go to New Orleans in October and San Francisco in November. The fares have been sky high.
Yesterday, I had a glimmer of hope for a flight to New Orleans. Southwest was $270, but Continental was $247. I've been seeking fares under $250 so I was thrilled. I checked hotel rates to be sure we could swing the trip, and that's where things came to a hault.
We thought we could secure a discount at Harrah's. However, $309/night is no deal. It's outrageous. We are so spoiled by Vegas rates that even the lowest rates in the French Quarter caught us a bit off guard. Three star hotels were running a minimum of $125/night. It's not a bad rate, I'd consider it to be the norm for most cities, but I really thought we could do better. No reservations were made yesterday.
Today, I tinkered around with hotel rates a bit more. I found some options, but a friend found a good deal at a place in the French Quarter for $109/night. It was looking up. That is until I went to Continental to confirm the price for flights. The price had gone up $84pp. Surfed over to Southwest, they're $40 more per person. Damn sneaky airlines raising prices in less than 24 hours time.
Needless to say, we are no closer today than yesterday to getting a vacation on the calendar. Boo. I'll keep checking and hope fares come back down.