As you may already know, I use Google Flights when it comes to traveling. So when my husband started telling me how much he missed his family, I though it would be a good idea to book a trip and surprise him.
I wanted to find the cheapest deal possible. With the holidays being just around the corner and me going back to school, we couldn’t really afford to spend a ton of money on a trip. I started looking for flights at airports around the L.A. area, and as expected, they were all over $300. I decided to look into Las Vegas. I’ve always wanted to visit and it’s less than a four hour drive to Los Angeles. Figured we could kill two birds with one stone. Surprisingly, it was a lot cheaper. Each ticket was $100. I looked into car rentals and was able to get a car for $200 for the entire week with unlimited miles. Sounded perfect.
After I booked my entire trip I decided to do some research, why were the tickets so cheap? It all sounded too good to be true. Yes, I know, I should have done it before I booked, but I was too excited.
We booked through Spirit Airlines, which only began servicing Kansas City in August of this year. I read horrible reviews, so I began to panic. What if my trip was going to end up costing more than I expected? I knew I was going to throw a fit.
Our day to fly out was here and I had a horrible impression about the airlines already so I didn’t expect much. Luckily, we were prepared. If you ever fly through Spirit Airlines, here’s a couple of things to consider:
Spirit charges $45 for a checked bag fee and $50 for a carry-on. My husband and I only took one luggage because I knew that was going to happen. What I didn’t know is that they don’t charge for large purses, so on our way back, we bought a larger size purse to put the extra clothes we bought to avoid the fees. Keep in mind that if your luggage goes over 40 lbs you get charged an extra $25.
If you do it on the stations they have there, they give you the option to chose your own seat. For a cost! Don’t pay extra money. You already bought the ticket. Just chose random seats. My husband and I still got to sit together even though we chose the “random seat” option.
Overall, I really can’t complain much. My traveling expenses came to $490 with flight, luggage fees and car rental. We did get a hotel room in Vegas. Thanks to Groupon we only paid $40. The rest of the trip with stayed with our amazing family.
I’ll be posting about my trip soon. Stay tuned!