I am trying to book an airline ticket to go to Jamaica for my friend's funeral.
First of all there are NO non-stop flights from the DC area to Jamaica anymore. All options require me to connect through Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, New York, Dallas, or Toronto. Toronto!!! I have to fly up to Toronto to fly back down to Kingston - crazy!!!!
I finally find a flight that leaves DC at 10am and gets me in to Kingston at 4pm (it would be a 3 hour flight if it was direct) connecting through Fort Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines. It's $110 cheaper than a similar flight on the only other airline that seems to be making this trip, American Airlines.
I am only going to be gone for 3 days so I don't plan on checking any bags. Guess what? Spirit charges $30 per carry-on!!!!! It's the same price to carry on or check a bag.
That really made me mad. How are people supposed to travel without a change of clothes?
I proceed with the booking and now I have to pay money to select a seat. Seats range in price from $10 to $40 depending on where you want to sit.
Seriously? I can't carry any clothes and I can't sit either? I bet they are going to have a coin operated toilet next!!!
When I factor in the bag fee going and coming back, that $60 and then add $40 for the seats for each leg of the flight we are now only $10 off of the American Airlines flight.
Naturally I am booking the American Airlines flight because they gave me the realistic picture of the price from the start rather than making the flight look cheaper than it really was.
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