Sunday, March 25, 2007

Bait and Switch

The Wife and I haven't taken a big vacation trip the last couple of years. Mostly, it's been small, weekend trips. But no big trip where we take a week off and go somewhere. Not even to the beach or anything.

We've talked about perhaps making a trip somewhere. If we could afford it.

You see, money's been a little tight the last couple of years. You know, since I started up this little blog. Not that there's a connection or anything.

Anyway, we've been talking about going somewhere. And we've been trying to decide if we wanted to go somewhere we haven't gone before that we'd like to go. Like Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Disney World, Philadelphia, Boston, Tampa, Key West, Hawaii, Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, Montego ... you get the idea ... and other places.

I've been to Philadelphia on business. Hawaii too. But, like I said, business. Didn't get to do any tourist stuff at either place. But she's been to neither. So, we've been considering those places to go to as a couple.

We've also looked at places we've been before that she'd like to visit again. Like Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, St. Augustine, Panama City, New Orleans, Washington (D.C.), Orange Beach ... places we enjoyed and might like to visit again.

After pricing around ... after all, we do have to pay for this ... we think we've decided to go back to Las Vegas.

She really had a good time last time we went there. And I did, too. I actually never thought I'd enjoy going there. But I did. It wasn't what I thought it would be like. It was fun ... and family-friendly.

Okay, mostly family-friendly. The show girls on stage with their tits showing wouldn't be for the kids, of course, but there are plenty of other shows and events for families.

And, of course, stuff that a couple would enjoy. Including on their 10th anniversary.

Of course, Las Vegas is famous for its gambling.

But you know what? The gambling starts well before you get there.

Try booking a trip to Vegas.

I've been looking up rooms and flights on Expedia, Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline, in addition to going directly to hotel and airline sites.

Expedia bait and switchI've found some good prices. But the best seem to go away when I click on them.

As an example, here's an image from Expedia. The price looked okay, so I clicked for further information. And, lo and behold, the price had changed. Imagine that.

The same thing had happened on Orbitz. And on another site.

Looked like the old bait and switch to me.

Sure, I understand, if there are only one or two packages available at that price, and someone snatches it up before I do, the deal goes away. Still pisses me off, though.

Anyway, we're thinking about doing Vegas in July. That's when our anniversary is.

And we're looking at trying to get a room on the strip this year. Last time, the Wife and I stayed on Fremont Street, at the Golden Nugget. It was great. But we wanted to do something different this year.

Anyway, we've found two or three things going on at the Luxor, at the Aladdin, and at Harrah's. So, if we end up going to all three for shows and events, we figured it'd be fine staying at any one of those three.

So, I've been trying to find good rates at those places. And checking packages with flights out of Montgomery or Atlanta. And most of the time, it's cheaper to fly out of Montgomery, even though all those flights seem to go through Atlanta.

Anyway, I've been playing the old shell game with these travel services, trying to find a good package for a trip to Las Vegas.

If I am able to find a good enough package using these services, I'll have no trouble playing the slots at Vegas.


  1. be careful with EXPEDIA. THey tried to scam me. Click on my name to read my story.

    Good luck

  2. I've had the same "bait-n-switch" problem when trying to reserve hotel rooms in the past. You might try one of your local travel agents, sometimes you can get just as good a deal from them and there is less risk.


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