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#21 can't wait!

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    Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:24 AM

    This does not look good ladies! The reason I picked the RM for my wedding is precisely because its USUALLY really cheap from Houston and only 2hrs away!!
    Now, I feel screwed.

    So of course the 80 or so guests I am expecting haven't booked yet hoping the airfare will go down.

    I do however have some guests who are booking through vivaaerobus from Austin. Some are just planning to drive to Austin and then take the direct flight. Others are flying southwest to Austin ($88 RT) and then taking vivaaerobus the rest of the way. You can't beat vivaaerobus' fares...about $175 RT with taxes. Just know it is extremely low budget. You have to walk on the runway to get to the plane, you have to pay for a coke, water etc etc. But considering it is sooo cheap and everything else is sooo expensive, I think it's a great deal! And it's a reliable airline, very popular in Mexico.

    #22 rodent

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      Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:21 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by can't wait!
      This does not look good ladies! The reason I picked the RM for my wedding is precisely because its USUALLY really cheap from Houston and only 2hrs away!!
      Now, I feel screwed.

      So of course the 80 or so guests I am expecting haven't booked yet hoping the airfare will go down.

      I do however have some guests who are booking through vivaaerobus from Austin. Some are just planning to drive to Austin and then take the direct flight. Others are flying southwest to Austin ($88 RT) and then taking vivaaerobus the rest of the way. You can't beat vivaaerobus' fares...about $175 RT with taxes. Just know it is extremely low budget. You have to walk on the runway to get to the plane, you have to pay for a coke, water etc etc. But considering it is sooo cheap and everything else is sooo expensive, I think it's a great deal! And it's a reliable airline, very popular in Mexico.

      Same for me. That is why I picked RM. I was expecting things to be much cheaper for our guests. I'm glad I went with a cheap hotel too so at least that helped. Most guests paid $700-$800 for 3-4 nights from houston. Really not bad for everything included. But last summer you could get it for $500-$600.

      I just made it clear to my guests that airfare had gone up a lot & the trip was now $200+ more than we planned on. I emphasized that we do not expect anyone to go- only go if they had the money to spend on a vacation & wanted to. I'm thrilled with our 28 guests. It's really the number I wanted.

      You have to pay for your food on many of the major airlines now anyway. I wish vivaaerobus flew out of houston.

      have you checked to make sure it's 175 with the fees? there are a lot of fees.

      #23 Bryan Valiant

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        Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:09 AM

        I just started pricing tickets for a wedding in Cabo and I am afraid everything is going to go up... I was just told by a BP gas station owner that gas here may hit $7 a gallon... $7 dollars... He said he thought crude oil would hit $180 a barrel. If I were you I wouldn't wait too long. Best of luck.

        #24 Matt Adcock

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          Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:25 AM

          anyone see delta's & northwest's quarterly earnings?

          Delta lost 6.4 Billion

          Northwest lost 4.0 Billion


          They cite raising gas prices as the culprit

          #25 dancingdolphin

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            Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:20 PM

            I just called the TA for a flight and room for my dad. He's leaving out of FL and the airfare is over $600. When I looked 2 months ago, it was $450. Not sure if I should have him book now or wait and risk the prices going up even more!

            #26 Kryztan

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              Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:41 PM

              Morgan....VIVAAEROBUS is 175 per person round trip with air and all.....We originally found the airline. I have some college friends that are taking a van from Kansas to Austin to use that airline....Their tickets are already bought!

              #27 pixydustkr

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                Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:42 PM

                My wedding is in November as well, so I am hoping that the prices will go down for our guests if we wait. I got scared that we wouldn't be able to get a nonstop flight if we waited any longer so I bit the bullet and bought the tickets for my FH and I last Friday. We are paying $998 for the both of us from Detroit to Cancun. My TA was only about $10 cheaper than Orbitz.

                #28 Hartyt509

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                  Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:50 PM

                  Prices are shooting up here 2!! its about 1k to fly to cancun from my local airport, thats but the kybosh on people

                  #29 arhoyaltres

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                    Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:54 PM

                    I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one in this boat. I have encouraged my guests to not feel obligated to come to the DW, but if they are they might want to buy tickets now. I'm afraid if they wait that things are only going to get worse & my guest list will become non-existent. I just have my fingers crossed...it's either going to be a big bash or an intimate affair. Either way I won't complain.

                    #30 johnson_jc

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                      Posted 07 May 2008 - 04:03 PM

                      I'm in the same boat as everyone - I'm afraid friends won't be able to come. I am going to encourage them to consider heading down to Austin to get Vivaaerobus tickets as well, or using vayama.com which seemed to be cheaper too. My Fiance and I only paid $250 each for our tickets - now they are over $400!!

                      Good luck ladies!




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