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Old 06-14-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Airline costs vary wildly depending on where you are and how much or little competition there is at your local airport. Because Delta has 70% of the gates around here, and all the other airlines including Southwest are glad to work with them to keep fares high, it's been running $450+ per domestic ticket to get to anywhere we'd want to go. (Normal circumstances, advanced purchase. I've had a $900 domestic RT ticket for a funeral this year because it was bought with 36 hours notice, and another $1,000 VPS-BOS-GRR-VPS trip where the ticket cost about $400 more than it normally would because it was for Boston Marathon weekend- and those BOS flights were 100% full) And I can usually find an acceptable mid-level hotel option for about $125 a night, so for a week long vacation, the flights for the perfesser and I are the most expensive component to the vacation.

We do relatively better on European flights- base fare for an open jaw VPS-LHR then CDG-VPS in late spring was about $1100 and kind of absorbed the whole 'the first $300 gets you to Atlanta' better than the domestic routes do.
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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That's what I don't get about this poll. Yet this has 10 pages of responses...which puzzles me. Airline costs are nothing...it's other things that factor in - getting time off, juggling family, and of course the costs when you get there.

My God people, this thread is sad - if you have dreams about going somewhere in the US just go. Flights aren't that expensive. Unless you have some minimum wage job, I think every single person here can fly anywhere they want in the US with minimal financial impact.

Grinch. We're just playing a game, for cryin out loud.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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First, I'll gather infos as to which part of the US has the smallest percentage of European tourists and expatriates (specifically of my own country)-I believe most of East and West Coasts are therefore excluded for my hypothetic free flight-and I'll be back here to publish the results of my research! (lol)
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:16 PM
 
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Grinch. We're just playing a game, for cryin out loud.
Such a personal insult!

Which reminds me however, my wish is a free flight to Whoville. Is that in the US?
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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...I'll be back here to publish the results of my research! (lol)
Sounds good, but here's an early preview if you like: Hawaii wins.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:11 AM
 
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Default do you mean there are few European citizens in Hawaii ?

[quote=otterprods;35256257]Sounds good, but here's an early preview if you like: Hawaii wins.[/quote

Now that's good news, I was afraid I would have to contend with Nebraska, the Dakotas or Alaska only!]
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:44 AM
 
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In the Continental US I'd choose someplace I love to visit but that is very expensive to get to--the southeast part of Washington State for example.

Otherwise, probably Hawaii.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I definitely agree with going for Alaska or Hawaii, depending on the season. Particularly if I were in Texas, like the OP.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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I would go to mexico city. I would go there because the culture is amazing
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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Hawaii. I used to live there and would love to return.
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