Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Airline Stories

3 Families--

3 flights...

3 different cities..

same dates of travel...

3 different airlines...

all have had time changes, some more than once, since April...
I usually try to check flight schedules at least weekly.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Is there a best day of the week to book airfare?

Aruba Bound
Is there a best day of the week to book airfare? By Jessica Labrencis, SmarterTravel.com

"There's a bit of an urban legend that certain times of the day are better than others for booking airfare. This doesn't hold up to scrutiny, but there are better days to book than others.

Heather Leisman, director of merchandising at Orbitz, notes that sophisticated algorithms used by the airlines determine prices for airfare; these algorithms take into account a wide variety of factors, including the route's history, available seats, booking patterns and even the weather. Leisman says that prices fluctuate throughout the day, and it's difficult to predict if and when prices will drop at any given time.

Several experts believe that booking on certain days, rather than time of day, can yield lower prices. Travelocity's Director of Flights, Dominique Philips, says that most airlines tend to release sales on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, a trend we've also noticed at SmarterTravel.com, which makes searching for airfare early in the week smart.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Marina Pirata

Aruba Bound
We absolutely adore Marina Pirata. Like their slogan says, this is "Where you can dine with the fish." Dh and I have an Aruban friend who was born and raised right there in Savaneta and now in her 20's just took her entire family there one night for dinner for the first time. They too enjoyed their meal there very very much.

We were especially impressed the night we were eating dinner and the little Aruba fisherman's boat pulled up to the kitchen door. It is a simple building off of the main one with a door opening directly onto the ocean. The fisherman cannot help but be drawn to the bright orange color with the yellow wall below.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

How I Pack Liquids

Let me just say, I never walk into an airport now when the name "Mohamed Atta" does not come to mind. To pack liquids for 3 people, I use Ziploc bags and lots of them.

To pack the liquid stuff-- suntan lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, moisturizer etc in our luggage...I used gallon size Ziploc bags.