I was in serious need of Vitamin D and took my own advice and took a $220 airfare down to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a long weekend. As a result, I'm sunburnt but happy that I got out of this dreary weather. Mental note: when you're pasty white, use copious amounts of sunscreen. The airfare is still there on United, American and even Airtran.
American Airlines is showing $561 r/t to Honolulu, Hawaii - with United Airlines matching the fare as well. That's not a bad price but it's not a great price either. Honolulu is expensive, but it's also rather fun. What's weird about Hawaii airfare is that it's cheaper in the winter to go there because it's *only* in the 70's temperature-wise. Well, Chicago in January vs Honolulu in January is a no-brainer.
I've been keeping my eyes peeled on Europe airfares. The Euro is falling, now at $1.21 to the Euro. Considering it was in the $1.32 to the Euro range in January when I was in Italy, this means our dollar has more buying power. Bloomberg is predicting that the Euro will devalue even further against the dollar. Good for us, bad for Europe.
In terms of airfares, Chicago to Dublin is around $556-$570 on United, American, Continental and Delta. But that's about it. Germany, France and the rest of the EU are both priced out of the impulse purchase category. Coupled with the threat of the Iceland volcano, it's just not time to pack your bags and head across the ocean.
As the summer progresses, I'll still do Escape Fares but I'll branch off into road trip destinations - whether it's by car, bus or train. Let's face it: As Chicagoans, we put up with 8-9 months of bad weather to enjoy our amazing summers and everything we have in the city. But even then, we still need to hit the open road.
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