A couple of weeks back, one of my favorite travel columnist, Richard Turen, had a tongue-in-cheek piece with a little reality included in the Travel Weekly that I thought bears additional coverage. My guess is that he had received several phone calls from folks wanting him to help plan their vacation, but with the caveat that they wanted a “good deal”, and “good, but cheap” vacation.
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There are many travel blogs nowadays on the world wide web, and I'm not impressed with the idea that I have a huge population of listeners to our show or readers of my blog each week. But I do know that some have quite a few hits, and rightfully so.
One that I rely on quite often is provided by the owner of a very successful agency named Churchill and Turen, LTD. I'm not certain that Richard Turen who is an owner and a long-time, well-respected travel agent, writes answers to all of the questions posed on their site, but he has received my attention for many years with his comments and insight.
A question that comes up often in my association around town and with some of my clients was posed to him in a recent issue. The question was, “why doesn't lower fuel costs equal lower air fares?” This person had just paid $2.10 a gallon to fill up their car, so why did he have to pay an additional $120 more for fuel surcharge for an airline ticket when he knew the airlines were certainly enjoying lower fuel charges and have been for some time.