Everyone is always talking about the ways to get good rates on hotels – using points, looking at websites like KAYAK, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Expedia, etc. However there’s one tried and true method that’s been working for over 100 years…
I suppose if you’re into the points & miles game, flights can be expensive, but if you’re paying with cash then they can be REALLY expensive. Were they always this much? Well, yes. And sometimes no. Depending. It’s complicated.
And if you think about it, it’s just bizarre that a major airline, like Delta, American and United can charge $300 or $400 for a one-way flight across the country, while an airline like Frontier can have sales and heck, I could potentially fly to California from here in Orlando for $64 (or even $59 if I was a member of their Discount Den).
So why are the “big guys” so expensive and how do the budget airlines manage to stay so cheap? Again, it’s complicated. But these might explain it:
Walt Disney World evokes a lot of emotions in people, to the point where many of them really, REALLY would like to live there. In fact, it’s not unusually for superfans of the resort to say they’re going “home” when they make another visit.
Some people have daydreamed about living at Disney. But have you ever wondered how much it would actually cost to live there, say, for a full year? Fortunately, so has someone else who’s done all the math…
Some people are limited in when they can go on vacation. They may be in a profession where they’re not allowed to go away during specific times of the year (such as accountants during the weeks leading up to Tax Day), or they might have kids who can only go out of town when school isn’t in session.
If you’re lucky enough in that you don’t have those kinds of limitations on when you can go away, you may still want to go at the “best” time.
Let’s say you want to go to WDW…when IS the best time of year to go? Well, that’s kind of a loaded question because it really depends on what you consider to be “best”…is that based on the weather? The crowds? The holidays and special events? The cheapest time of year? Hmmm…let’s look at all of the options…
A while back, I write a post about the two gas stations near Orlando International Airport (MCO) that rips off travelers and tourists with prices that are over 2x the norm. The post did include one gas station just north of the “rip off stations” that also wasn’t far from MCO, but unfortunately, it was in a location that tourists, especially those coming from the theme parks area, really wouldn’t be going past.
This post solves that problem 😉