We get really tired of the airfare scams going on in the airfare business today. Basically all the discount sites offer the same airfares as the airlines except at last-minute when seats are unsold. The discount sites offer good deals in packaging hotels in with an airfare. We get emails about airfares from Philadelphia to Rome all the time. The normal fare is between $1200 and $1350 roundtrip per person. The emails state airfares as low as $750. If you click and go to the site there are never any $750 airfares. There may be $950 which is still good, right? Wrong! These airfares have long layover stops in some city. Some layovers are as long as 11 hours. After a 7 to 8 hour trip, do you really want to sit in an airport for 11 hours and then fly another 2 to 3? To us it isn’t worth the savings. We can go non stop to Rome from Philadelphia in 8 to 8.5 hours. Then we are in Italy ready to rent a car or take public transportation.
You don’t want to start a vacation of a lifetime with a horrible travel itinerary. If the savings are important to you, then stay at the city your plane lays over in for a few days. This way you’re not stuck in the airport and you can begin your vacation. Some airlines may up the price if you get off in the layover city. Check first.
European air trips are long for most Americans that have never flown over the pond. There are ways to make the flight go by fast:
- Sleep if you can. Even if you can get a few hours it will help.
- Watch movies. Most of these planes have monitors in the back of the seat in front of you. You can select movies free from a large list of titles.
- Play games. These plane entertainment systems have games as well as movies.
- Read a book. This is the perfect time to catch up on your reading.
- Write your own book or those letters you have always wanted to write.
- You can catch up on email or Facebook time. Most airlines offer internet WiFi on their planes for a small price.
Before you know it breakfast is being served and then you are landing at your destination. Enjoy your travels.
George & Jo Anne