A few random thoughts came into my head this week as I attempted to book a flight to Spain for my family of four. As a result, here are 8 things that suck about booking airfare:
• That great fare you found a minute ago just went up hundreds of dollars.
• That perfect flight you found a minute ago is now nowhere to be found.
• No one search site includes every airline.
• The number of frequent flyer miles it used to cost to fly roundtrip is now the number it takes to fly one way.
• No matter how many months in advance you attempt to book using economy-saver frequent flyer miles, there will be only ONE flight available with seat inventory. And it won't be the date or destination you want.
• After you agonize over and carefully select the flight most convenient for you, several months later you will get a notice that there's been a slight change. Now you have a six hour layover instead of one.
• Buyer's remorse: should I have waited to buy? what if the prices go down next week?
• There are so many enormous variables in air travel that you can't control, i.e. a pilot strike, the airline going defunct, snowstorms, ice storms, illness. It's all very difficult for a control freak to handle.