Now that I’ve shared the big news that I’m heading back to Colombia at the end of June, it’s time to book the airfare.
I looked around on individual carriers’ sites, and again, found Kayak delivered reliable results.
For a 1-way ticket from New York City to Cartagena, it costs (tax included):
- $235 on Spirit Airlines (if I want to depart at 6:40 am)
- $267 on Spirit Airlines (if I want to depart in the evening, and spend a night in Fort Lauderdale airport)
- $472 on Delta Airlines (if I want to leave at 8 am)
As you can see, the difference between Spirit Air and Delta is $200+. The choice would seem obvious, even with the $30 international checked baggage fee I’d pay with Spirit Airlines, right?
But there’s a twist.
There is a contract dispute happening right now with the Spirit Air pilots, and if it’s not resolved by June 12, they’re going on strike, which would leave me in limbo (camped out on my brother’s couch, to be specific). The news clips indicate the airline hopes to resolve the dispute before June 12, but of course they’d say that so as not to affect ticket sales.
So this is where you, dear readers, enter the picture.