A Travel Rant

We were totally ready to go home for Christmas. But when the numbers all added up, I heard our bank accounts crying in the background. And those tears are the fault of every single airline that chooses to triple their prices during the holidays. I don't know why I'm so mad about it, I literally do this every year, "try to go home for the holidays", and every single year I'm reminded that it's near impossible. But I'm extra stabby about it this time. 

I moved away from home five and a half years ago. I can count on one hand how many times I've been home since then. We haven't been able to spend the holidays with our families in years. And this is coming from someone who has always hated the holiday season, but honestly I hate it even more when we basically don't have a Thanksgiving and Christmas at all because we're so far away. I know I know, our choice to move blah blah blah. But after so many years, it gets kinda sad. 



We figured we would finally be able to make it home this Christmas and take on the flight prices since we're financially doing better each year. But I'm sorry, almost $2600 for flights and car rental and hotel (because privacy and space please, 10 days is a long time)... no thank you. Never mind being there for a week and spending money on all the food we so badly miss. I don't care if I had that in a pile of cash in front of me, it's a fucking ridiculous amount. And for an extra burn, that cost also included a discount from our sky miles. Ha! I don't know if you've ever traveled major city to major city during a holiday peak time, but it's pure robbery. And for some reason, they like to make it a little higher when specifically flying Los Angeles to Boston. If we lived at home and were coming here, it would be a little cheaper. I'll assume that's the CA tax continuing to ass rape us in every way possible. Or maybe it is the airlines, I'm sure they're well aware of how many northeast transplants are here and would love to go home for the holidays. I'm sure they figure that people will just pay it because they want to go home so badly. Sorry not sorry, not this girl. I know I miss my home a lot and I get really sad about it at times, but I don't miss it enough to shell out that many thousands - especially during the winter. Which as a side note: my body hasn't felt a New England winter in over 5 years, I'm almost positive that I would die going back there at that time. If not by freezing, than by driving because I have completely forgotten how to drive in the snow. Never liked it anyways, half the reason I left home. 

And anyways, why are hotels so expensive? We picked a good one, and it was a good price but still, if you're booking for a week or more you should get a discount, a big one. Like why do they need to take that much money? To change the sheets after we leave? Oh what a cost! At least airplanes do something, a hotel room just sits there. 

I guess these astronomical holiday travel prices are a blessing in disguise, since the winter would have killed me and all. Now I can live and still hang out with my cat. 



14 comments :

  1. eek!!! The pricing really is ridiculous, to travel across the country during the holidays is practically the same price as traveling abroad. INSANE!

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  2. funny you say that because last night i was like "for that amount, i'd rather leave the country!" haha

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  3. You should check out airbnb or homeaway instead of hotels. Might have some luck. But I totally get you on flight prices. It is absurd!!

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  4. Second Kate on the airbnb! We were able to have a pretty cheap beach vacay thanks to it 2 years ago.

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  5. Flight prices are ridiculous! I'm traveling to Florida for New Years and flying is out after looking at prices.

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  6. Flight prices ARE the worst right now. Buuutt, when it's Christmas and 70 degrees and sunny here and blizzarding there, you'll be happy you're in CA. :)

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  7. I'm about to move from California to DC next week and I'm coming to terms that I won't be flying home for any holidays for a very long time. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to freeze to death having never experienced a real cold winter :I

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  8. I am with you on this travel rant. I get angry every time we book airline tickets. They only discount the worst times ever because they know when people prefer or need to fly and they want to charge you more because they can. We are flying spirit to Vegas. They charge for carry on AND to check bags!!! They were the cheapest so we are using them but only because we can share a suitcase since it's a short trip. Jeez!! My husband has friends who fly to Boston every Christmas. It has to be an arm and a leg but I think they are rich.

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  9. That stinks. It really is expensive to move. Did you try shifting the dates? Usually going from Thursday to Mondays are cheaper. The Winter is brutal, and driving in the snow here is rough.

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  10. It's crazy that it's already time to start planning Christmas travel plans!! Where did the summer go?!

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  11. Awwww, this makes me sad! I want to go home for Christmas too but I bet it will be too expensive also!! :( I have heard that flights in Long Beach are cheaper than LAX but I'm not sure. How cold does it get in New England?!

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  12. I feel your pain! The holidays can be made miserable by the cost of just getting there. We were barely settled and still catching up when the time came to buy our flights home last Christmas, and our lack of funds pushed our purchase until almost the last minute possible (which you know made things worse.) What a headache, and OUCH on our accounts! It really isn't fair how they hike those prices up. I hope you guys can create your own traditions and hopefully have happy holidays where you are!

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  13. I would try Groupon for the hotels and also getting a credit card that gives you travel miles (my Citi card gave me miles to go to FL last month) and/or join reward programs for airlines.

    I hate how airlines jack up prices around the holidays too. Can your family or your bf's family come to LA?

    I hope you guys get to figure it out.. maybe even do the Greyhound thing but that may take a long time to get there.

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  14. that would be a great idea! Maybe not this year, but plan for next year?? I've always wanted to host Christmas dinner. Seems like it would be a lot of work, but none the less, quite awesome.

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