What follows are three examples of trips that might be taken by a family of four starting from within the United States and flying to three different destinations and staying in a hotel for one week. The two children will count as adults in terms of room rates and flights when they compare hotels and compare airlines. While this might not be typical of your situation, it can shed some light on the cost difference between which airline to take and what hotel to stay in on your next trip.
Our first trip is about a family from Denver, Colorado taking a week’s vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii. They are leaving on January 2nd, 2012 and coming back on January 9th. The exact time of day they leave is of no concern. They are simply looking for the most economical flight.
A quick comparison shows;
– United Airlines: $495 each, $1980 Total.
– American Airlines: $520 each, $2080 Total.
– Alaska Airlines: $531 each, $2124 Total.
Of course, all tickets are subject to change and the results may differ depending on when the tickets are purchased and any special discounts that might occur. But using these numbers as they are, a family can save $100 by taking the United Airlines flight over the American Airlines to Hawaii. Finding this information out quickly can help a family plan ahead and take advantage of lower rates.
Of course, now that they have booked their flight, the next step is to get a hotel. Here, since they’ve saved little money on their flight, the family is looking for something close to the beach, 2 rooms, and something in the four-star range. They consider three top quality hotels for their 6 night stay.
– Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel: $199 per room, per night
– Hotel Renew Honolulu: $163 per room, per night
– Marriott Resort Waikiki Beach: $209 per room, per night
Each hotel fulfills the basic requirements of this particular family. When comparing prices, staying at the Hotel Renew can save the family $432 total over staying at the Hilton Waikiki. Of course, if they wanted to emphasize more on saving money, they could revert to the fine, three-star hotel, such as the Queen Kapolani Hotel and pay only $95 per room each night.
By doing a quick comparison, our family of four saved $532 that might have been spent on air fair and hotels for other expenditures. Of course, what you want in both travel and hotel accommodations will depend on the type of trip you want to take, the time of year and any additional discounts you may come across.
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