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Carol Perkins: You get what you pay for

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By Carol Perkins

For twenty years, Guy has been going to Las Vegas for an Industrial Fastener Show and I have tagged along. We have had dinner with his (and now my) associates and friends. With Covid shutdowns, this is the first time in three years he has been and for the first time none of his associates are attending. Some have retired, some are not well, and some have left for different jobs.

In making plans for the trip, Guy could find no inexpensive flights. Usually, the cost was around $400 per person, but this time on Southwest, the price jumped to $600.

I assured him I could find something cheaper. That was my first mistake.

"You get what you pay for."

A certain airline could get us to Vegas for only $300 a person. I booked the flight; step one. Step two, I could now select our seats. I didn't know I had to PAY for a seat. That was another $40 per person per trip. Add on another $160. I had to pay for each bag, even a carryon. I narrowed to one, adding another $60. Add on taxes and fees we're up to $900.

At check in, the bag was over their 40lb weight limit. Southwest's is fifty pounds, but I didn't read the fine print. We were at 48. Smoke is coming out of Guy's ears. The lady checked my information and said, "You have paid for overweight bags." Lucky day.

On the plane, the flight attendants make their rounds. Two cups of coffee were $7. Guy looked at me and said, "Never again."

The flight was smooth, we landed on time, and people were finally quiet.

I could adjust to the type of experience, but Guy could not. "You get what you pay for," he said once again, and I knew this would be our last flight on this airline, and as I write we're not even home yet. I dread the return flight.

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