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Old 04-23-2009, 09:25 AM
 
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My sister just called going from DC to Miami on a cruise but stopping for a graduation at Ft. Jackson and then visiting friends in northern Florida for a few days before their cruise.

Travel agents quoted $1100 each person (there are two)
Online sites quoted between $600 and $750 each

I dug and dug and the results:

$390 per person and that includes the rental car!

Wow! She could not believe it and I am tired after spending 3 and a half hours online.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Three and a half hours work well worth it- you should be on commission!

Now, I need to go from-----
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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My sister just called going from DC to Miami on a cruise but stopping for a graduation at Ft. Jackson and then visiting friends in northern Florida for a few days before their cruise.

Travel agents quoted $1100 each person (there are two)
Online sites quoted between $600 and $750 each

I dug and dug and the results:

$390 per person and that includes the rental car!

Wow! She could not believe it and I am tired after spending 3 and a half hours online.
It amazes me that people still use travel agents..spend some time on line and compare..you can get really good prices

Good for you..sis owes you one
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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The only problem is if you were on commission, you wouldn't be so happy with a $300 fare!! But I know it works for family.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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My sister just called going from DC to Miami on a cruise but stopping for a graduation at Ft. Jackson and then visiting friends in northern Florida for a few days before their cruise.

Travel agents quoted $1100 each person (there are two)
Online sites quoted between $600 and $750 each

I dug and dug and the results:

$390 per person and that includes the rental car!

Wow! She could not believe it and I am tired after spending 3 and a half hours online.
You ROCK! I am thoroughly impressed!

I had a somewhat similar situation - two of my friends (brothers) called me 3 days before the Super Bowl in Arizona in 2008, as they had just gotten tickets (an both big Giants fans) and needed a way to get there. Tickets were no less than $1300 each into Skyharbor from any NYC (and PHilly) area airport. I told them give me an hour and I'll get back to you...

I checked Vegas - still upwards of $900 a ticket. I checked L.A. and found them flights for under $250 each, round trip non-stop from Newark! I then found them flights on Southwest from LA to Phoenix, for about $200 R/t and also told them they may want to just drive, as it's only about 5 or 6 hours from LA and rental car was only a little over $100 for a few days. They ended up flying to L.A. and renting a car, they saved over $1000 each by asking for my help, lol! I got a nice Super Bowl souvenir, needless to say...
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Thats good. Its funny, i travel a lot and basically all my friends come to me when they need a hotel, plane ticket, etc. I'm like wow, they could look this stuff up too but i guess since i have the experience and they have gone to places with me that were cheap and nice they trust me. I wish i could get paid for this stuff.... haha

G Man
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