12 Responses

  1. Kevincm
    Kevincm at |

    If the fare takes you where you need it be, it’s always worth it. The rest of the trip if for fun and learning more about the world…

  2. Jamison (@jamucsb)
    Jamison (@jamucsb) at |

    totally worth it

  3. Angelina
    Angelina at |

    LOL This sounds like me, but with hotel rooms. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time goes into me finding BRG rates.

  4. Saha
    Saha at |

    Life is short – wasting hours to save twenty bucks may be good for the ego, bur is bad economics. In any case, pretty soon spending money and time (not to mention ‘security check’ indignities) to rack up status and airline miles is going to be a pretty foolish exercise. Time for a change of moniker – Wandering Idiot – anybody?

  5. Cogswell
    Cogswell at |

    This is such a tragic result of the internet era. You can now spend an endless amount of time trying to optimize every single decision in your life. In the past you would call a travel agent and say I would like a RT to London on these dates… done. I don’t think people realize how much time they spend on these decisions, as Saha said, to save maybe $20. The one thing we don’t have an endless supply of is time – is this really how to want to spend your free time?

    1. Paul
      Paul at |

      Well, the reason travel agents all but disappeared when the internet arrived, was because everyone finally figured out they were being screwed.

  6. Paul
    Paul at |

    Why not just use a real travel agent to book the ticket?

  7. Nick
    Nick at |

    The only people who use travel agents I have found are not the most cost sensitive, to say the least. I guess you reach a point where your time is worth not guaranteeing you get the right fare etc. I know some people like this, but they are blind to elite benefits, and never seem to book the same airline twice.

  8. Rapid Travel Chai
    Rapid Travel Chai at |

    I have been fighting the same battle with trying to get an Eastern Europe ticket to price excactly as at ITA, like you, the closest I have gotten is Priceline via Hipmunk, and I can’t figure out to replicate directly in Priceline’s limited interface.

  9. Anil Trivedi
    Anil Trivedi at |

    Our life, our time, and it is perfectly fine for us to decide to spend it on things we enjoy. A tennis player hits a ball till some guy can’t return it, a golfer tries to push his into some hole, sports fans spend money to clap and howl to watch somebody catch it or not catch it, and video game folks are busy killing non-existent aliens. Nobody asks if they are getting a good value for their time. All that matters is they are enjoying themselves. The same applies to people like you and me. Pursuit of travel with its finer details makes us happy and we needn’t listen to those who are tone deaf in this area. 🙂

    1. Varun
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