I feel like I should add my story to fmylife.com because it would fit in quite nicely. In my family I’m sort of in the unenviable position of being travel agent, which I enjoy for longhaul and premium cabin travel, but absolutely hate for shorthaul travel. It’s not like I even get thanks for booking a run-of-the-mill ticket, but if the price goes up it’s all my fault. 😉
Anyway, my brother’s in a bit of a situation at the moment. He’s trying to get from New York to Tampa before Christmas. Due to schedule conflicts he wasn’t able to book his ticket until Saturday night. Now, up until the big snow storm fares were expensive but not unreasonably so. There were plenty of one-way fares in the $200 range or so. Then with the news of the snow storm all flights for this morning became very cheap, right before they cancelled them all. Now in retrospect I should have booked then and had him rebooked for free, but oh well.
And now we’re screwed. Everything’s sold out, the cheapest one-way fares I’m finding are paid first class, and there’s not even an American AAnytime award available until the 24th. Furthermore, never before have I seen such massive fluctuation in fares. I’ll check fares and then literally a minute later you’d think you’re looking at a different date or route based on the fare changes. And no, not in a good way, like fluctuating between $700 and $200, but rather fluctuating between $700 and $1,100.
Anyone have any creative ideas?