The Irony of Cheap Vacations

10.04.06 | Money | 2 Comments | by junger

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The wife and I just booked our honeymoon vacation for February vacation (in New England, the week of President's Day is extended into a week-long vacation, normally called Ski Week).

We're going on a 7-day cruise of the Caribbean, which we found online and got for a great deal. The problem, however, is getting to the cruise.

The cruise leaves on a Sunday from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and returns the next Sunday — literally the boundaries of Ski Week. And the airlines know this.

Getting down and back to Ft. Lauderdale will cost us just as much as the entire weeklong cruise.

We got such a great deal on the cruise because we booked it five months in advance, but that doesn't matter to the airline companies. Because it is February vacation, we're screwed.

We've even been looking at other airports to fly out of — as far south as Philadelphia — and to fly into. Everything is expensive.

In fact, it would cost us less to fly out of Los Angeles and into Ft. Lauderdale than from New England. How much sense does that make?

So in saving money on the cruise, we end up having to pay through the roof for flights. Alanis Morissette would love this.

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