|My son Matt was planning to travel on business to Bentonville, Arkansas recently and he said he was going to drive there. Being in the travel business that seemed like a long way to drive so I asked him why he would drive such a long distance. He said that it was a 6 hour and 16 minute (405 mile) drive and by the time he drove to Omaha and waited for the flight and then made a connecting flight it would take almost 8 hours of travel time to fly to Bentonville even if everything went right. Add in the hassle of security, the extra cost of checking in luggage, plus the ticket price of almost $600 and you can see how the airlines are pushing away many people who used to fly the friendly skies. If you look at the cities that are a six to eight-hour drive from Omaha they include Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, and even Chicago. If two or more people are traveling this makes it even easier to justify a road trip.
Missing a connecting flight because of a delayed flight has become a nightmare. In years past there were usually enough empty seats on other flights, you could make it to your destination, just a few hours later. Today with all the airline consolidation there aren’t enough empty seats on airplanes to deal with the extra passengers when a flight is canceled or delayed. Add in a major snowstorm and you have a 3-day tidal wave trying to find flights to get home. With this in mind, I will do almost anything I can to try to find non-stop flights to get to my destination. You will often pay as much as $100 more for direct (non-stop) flights but if it saves you a half a day of travel it is worth the price to me.
This is normally the time of the year that procrastinators are shocked to see how expensive it is to fly during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Monday I did a quick check and was amazed to find some really good pricing for flying around both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Normally these are two of the busiest weeks of the year to fly and you would find flights that cost $600 or more. I was able to find flights (with a little flexibility) in the $300 RT range. If you have not made your holiday travel plans yet please do it now as this window of opportunity will close fast. The airlines know they can increase prices around the holidays and they want to make hay while the sun shines. The last few seats on planes will be filling up fast in the next few days. Please take my advice on this one and buy your tickets now.
There is a really nice two-week window in November and December to find good airfare prices –
Everyone knows that traveling around Thanksgiving and Christmas is busy and expensive. This year we are seeing that there are two windows that have reasonable airline prices. The first period is the first two weeks of November. The second period is the first two weeks of December. The airplanes during these dates appear to have a lot of empty seats. We have even been able to find several frequent flyer ticket seats during this time so you know the airlines have empty seats.
Free airline tickets if you check-in three pieces of luggage? It just might happen –
This year the airlines are expected to generate over $47 billion in ancillary fees, those fees for checked baggage, etc. If you do the math on some low-cost flights the airline would actually make more if a person checked on three pieces of luggage than the price of the ticket. Someday I am guessing that some airline will run a promotion offering free airfare if you check-in three bags on the flight. You laugh, but if you fly United from Omaha to Chicago the fee for the first checked bag is $30, the second bag is $40 and the third checked bag is $150. Multiply that times two for roundtrip and the total baggage fee cost is $420. You can fly to Chicago for a lot less than $420 with a little advance planning.
Join us on the most emotional tour with Nebraska National Guard Museum Society! –
The Not-So-Quiet-Storm took place on June 6, 1944. In the early morning hours, more than 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed the usually tranquil and serene beaches off the coast of Normandy. We are honored to assist the Nebraska National Guard Museum Society in taking off to France, July 15-25, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of select cities by members of the Nebraska National Guard. We will pay homage to the sacrifice and courage at Normandy, Lorraine, and Luxembourg American Cemeteries, visit D-Day sites and museums in the area. We reach Bastogne in Belgium and we end in Rheinberg, Germany. This tour will include scholars and academics on military history. To learn more, CLICK HERE, or call or email our friendly Group Department at 402-435-8888/GroupDepartment@e
Meet us and all our escorted tour hosts during a fulfilled weekend, taking place at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S 56th St, Lincoln, NE 68506, on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, 1 pm – 4 pm both days! Attend our drawings and be entered to win great prizes. Experience more than a dozen custom-tailored escorted tours designed by Executive Travel. This event is FREE with no need to RSVP, read more HERE.
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