speed bumps on the road through Asia
27.11.2011 26 °C
You saw us planning our trip. We've been at it for a while, and we ironed out the details as we went and were pretty much good to go a month ago.
But then we made our biggest mistake. We didn't book our flights then and there.
What we were thinking, I don't know. Maybe we were waiting for the floods in Bangkok to subside to ensure we were good to go. Maybe we wanted to get our toes wet before diving in. Maybe we just weren't thinking.
Our plan for $60 flights quickly became $90 flights. I know what you're thinking. That's still a steal of a deal for a flight. That's true, but it's still not what we'd planned for. If we'd PLANNED for $90 flights, then that'd be all fine. But we didn't.
It wasn't a show stopper, but it was a bit of a disappointing hesitation. However, after a bit of group discussion, Grace, Marv and I regrouped and went full steam ahead. We learned a few things though. Okay, maybe only 2.
Air Asia advertises cheap prices, but as you go along the booking process fees and additional charges pile themselves up until your final price doubles the initial price that caught your eye. For the most part, Air Asia is still cheaper than other budget airlines out there, but don't commit yourself to their flights until you've see everything they can charge you for.
The other thing we found was that Thai Airlines is not only a large, well-reputed international airline, but the prices they list are the prices they are going to charge, taxes and surcharges already included.
Nothing ground-breaking, but something to note for when we book the next epic travel itinerary.