I booked tickets for the kids to come from Peru to DC. We did this through Spirit Air because they are the cheapest BY FAR!!!
I started by looking at the prices for November and December. I discovered that prices go up after Dec 10th and naturally it is more expensive to go on weekends. This left us with finding a flight before Dec 10th on a week day.
We only need one way tickets so I priced one-way through Spirit Air. 1561$ for all the tickets for Dec 10th. OUCH! That is a little expensive. Spirit Air is very cheap from Lima to Miami so I thought… why not price both legs of the trip separately and pick up a national carrier from Miami to DC? I checked Orbitz and to price them separately was just about 1100$. Interestingly enough, Spirit Air was on Orbitz and their Miami to DC flight was one of the cheapest. So we could either go with a national carrier or just buy the Spirit tickets on Orbitz. It seems a weird way to go but hey… whatever works. This was Friday.
Sunday rolls around and we decide to actually buy the tickets. I went trolling for prices on Spirit Air and found tickets for Dec 6th that were 125$ cheaper for the Lima to Miami leg. This was also the moment when I discovered that booking tickets on SpiritAir.com from Lima to Miami and then from Miami to DC was cheaper than purchasing a ticket from Lima to DC. It was 600$ cheaper to be exact. Does this make any sense at all? Can anyone justify paying 600$ just to get their luggage from one plane to the next without having to pick it up in-between? That is totally insane. On a whim, I then decided to check out the price of a round-trip between Lima and DC although they didn’t need a round trip. If they left Dec 5th and came back Dec 7th, a round trip was 1058$ about 50$ to 60$ more than purchasing the two one way legs separately and considerably cheaper than the same one-way ticket. If they left Dec 6th and came back ANY DAY, the minimum price for a round trip was 1800$+ Tell me what possible difference there is between leaving Dec 5th and Dec 6th that would justify almost doubling the price?
To recap Spirit Air’s pricing:
Lima to DC purchased one way: 1561$
Lima to Miami then Miami to DC one way: 1002$
Lima to DC round-trip leaving Dec 5th: 1058$
Lima to DC round-trip leaving Dec 6th: 1800$+
So we decided to go with the round-trip leaving Dec 5th so they wouldn’t have to deal with re-checking in their luggage. I can justify that for 57$ more. It is a huge convenience for very little extra money.
And at the end of all this, I am considering myself lucky that I managed to find a reasonable price for them. It definitely takes some research to figure out the cheapest way to travel by air.