Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What Determines The Price of A Flight?

Yesterday, I decided to go to Chicago after all--that is, if I could find a reasonable price for a flight. I know from past experience that the price of a flight is a mysterious thing that can change from one minute to another... not just a little, but by huge leaps.
It was slow... no, dead at the Center yesterday during my hours, so I started to poke around online, and found a round trip for $197. on American Airlines. I was so excited that I called Jeremy, who has his 20th birthday coming up on the 14th, and invited him to come with me. But I couldn't buy the tickets online at the Center, on a public computer. When I got home, I found no trace of the fare at all. The cheapest I could find was $279., a fare too high for me to take Jeremy with me. Besides, as R points out, Jeremy and I fight a lot. We do not have the same taste in activities at all. I would want to go to art museums and natural history museums and to visit relatives, maybe getting in a yoga class or two along the way. Jeremy would want to go to baseball games and concerts or who knows what. We would not enjoy ourselves together, most likely. But I didn't want to miss his birthday, and that's why I thought about taking him with me to begin with.
So I can't go on the 11th, or I'd miss his birthday, and on the 15th, the price goes up considerably, beyond my reach. So much for Chicago, at least for now.

2 comments:

Lou said...

That was very thoughtful of you to invite Jeremy, even if it didn't work out.

Robbi said...

Thanks Lou. It's disappointing that I can't go. But I'm going to check again today.