Friday, November 13, 2009
Airline Sticker Shock
When we traveled to Ethiopia the first time we flew Ethiopian Airlines because they have a direct flight out of Washington, DC to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We worked with a travel agent who specializes in international adoption and got a great deal paying around $1,400 each for our adult round-trip tickets. It turned out that spring time is the time for cheap tickets to Ethiopia! So a few months ago when we received our approval I checked the Ethiopian Airlines website for rates for the end of November (naively hoping for a quick referral) and was overjoyed to see a airfare special. When I ran the numbers adult multi-segment round trip tickets for a Kigali, Rwanda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia stop were around $1,700. So today when I checked again to see what the numbers were looking like I was a bit taken aback. Seems that even though the Ethiopian Calendar is different then the US calendar prices still go sky high for the holiday season. The website told me that the current rate for a multi-segment round-trip adult ticket mid December to early January would run a whopping $4357. Ouch!!!!!!!