Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Airfare Victory

I knew that if I was persistent I would score a reasonable price for non-stop round-trip tickets to L.A. I have spent the past month or so scanning the various sites and can now claim mission accomplished. Despite the rising fuel costs and the across-the-board fare increases, I managed to get two tickets on Malaysia Air for only NT$45,000 (about $1400 American).

That is substantially less than their competitor's rates. I really wanted to take Singapore Airlines, but they wanted NT$70,000 for the same flight. Actually, the Malaysia Air ticket is better because it gets us into LAX an hour earlier. This is crucial because we have to go through immigration purgatory. The tickets I purchased give us about 3 and a half hours in L.A. before we connect that evening to Vegas. I think that should be enough time to collect our bags and convince the immigration officer that we are not hardened criminals trying to pull a fast one of "the man". I have had miserable experiences at LAX before and that was traveling alone as a U.S. citizen. I gotta be prepared for absolute insanity this time...ugh.

It's time to start putting together an agenda for the trip. We are going for a long time, about 30 days. I plan on taking her to many of the places that are important to me and introducing her to the people that I love. I think it is gonna be great.


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Anonymous said...

Hey Dave! It's your friend Chris in the ATL! Looks like all is great with you! I am jealous, you and Cathrine are going to Vega$! I don't know if I told you, but I re-married on 10/15/07. We spent our honeymoon in Vegas, and it rocked as usual! My wife and I are moving to Philadelphia on February 3rd. I am looking forward it! Please keep in touch! Talk to you soon! C

David said...

Hey Chris,

It's been a loooong time since we have spoken. Yes, I remember you telling me about getting married, just wasn't sure when it was going to happen...congrats!

Our trip to the U.S. is going to be awesome. I will be a wee bit more relaxed about it once her Visa goes through. It's not easy getting a visitors Visa these days. It costs about $150 and is a battle.

Moving to Phili eh? Never been there but I've heard it's a cool city. Why there? Is her family from those parts? I know you are a big fan of the cheese steak, but I'm assuming that's not the reason for the move...lol.

I will do my best to keep in touch. Perhaps we could run into each other when I am home? I will be in and around Ohio throughout the month of April.

Good luck with the move,

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