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    11-14-2011, 03:07 PM
Travel help, please?

Okay, so my best friend in the whole world has been bugging me to come visit her lately. She's even gotten her husband in on it (okay, he loves me too, but ). Every time I respond to my best friend's status on Facebook, she asks me when I'm coming to visit. When I said that my truck won't make it up there (I drive a 1986 Toyota pickup and they live in Spokane, WA), her husband got on and asked me what was wrong with my truck.

Anyway, I've decided that with some of my leftover tax money next year, I'm going to fly up and spend some time with my best friend and her family. I have seen her once since I moved back to my hometown almost three years ago. However, I need some help finding the cheapest deal on a flight (and possibly rental car, if I can get it cheap enough).

One of my other friends suggested this site: Discount Flights and Vacation Packages | Travel Is Our Deal™ | Airfare & Hotel Packages from Allegiant . I tried seeing what kind of deal I could get and for a ten day trip in May (I did May 3rd-13th, as their airline only flies on Thursday and Sunday, apparently) with a rental car, which I would need because they don't fly into Spokane, only Pasco, which is just over two hours away, was $226.34. I'm flexible on my dates, as long as it's after March.

So, here's the details:
-1 adult
-Round-trip from Phoenix (or Mesa), AZ to Spokane (or close to it), WA
-Would prefer with rental car so my best friend doesn't have to shuttle me to and from the airport (or if I want to go sight-seeing or whatever)

Looking at it, I'm thinking that May trip will be the cheapest through Allegiant. I'm just confused by their site. I can't tell if that price (the $226.34) is with the rental car or not.

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    11-14-2011, 06:32 PM
I've recently been refered to: Hipmunk: Better Flight and Hotel Search
It checks several flights at a time, though I don't think it checks car rentals.

Or maybe try a travel agent... (if they still exist!) =P
    11-14-2011, 09:37 PM
Honestly, it might be cheaper to rent a car and drive the whole way. Two days. Or, fly to Boise? Or, fly to Seattle, 5 hours driving to Spokane.
    11-15-2011, 10:01 PM
It depends on how many days off I can get. I would much rather road trip (I love flying, but I've never actually road tripped least not without my parents). However, I just searched on a couple of different sites, and the cheapest rental I can find for two weeks (which would give me 10 days with my best friend) is $443 with taxes and all. Flying into Spokane or Pasco is cheaper, even if I end up renting a car as well once I get there (which my best friend and I are still arguing about lol).
    11-15-2011, 10:10 PM
Well, I keep several apps on my ipod (& old man's iphone) that let me know when airfares are cheapest. Check out the app store.
    11-15-2011, 10:12 PM
I don't have a smartphone and won't have a smartphone any time in the foreseeable future. Thanks for the tip, though.
    11-15-2011, 10:18 PM
I think you can get it for pc's 2. Or something similiar.
    11-15-2011, 10:54 PM
Try southwest. Im not sure if they do the whole air+car thing together but their flights are usually cheap. They fly directly from Phoenix to Spokane. Theres only one nonstop flight for arrival/departure. The other ones have one stop. Southwest has great service too. Their flight attendants were always sooo generous! And I'm pretty sure bags fly free. But I think it's only the first bag. You'd have to check.

Also, the cheapest I found for flight/car deals was in the $400s. ): hope you find a good deal soon! Flying is always fun:)
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    11-15-2011, 11:02 PM
I pack light (my mom always teases me about it), so more than one bag wouldn't be an issue. I don't care about stops or layovers. When I was 12, I flew from Phoenix to Idaho Falls by myself and had a three hour layover in Salt Lake City. And now that I'm an adult, I won't have to spend three hours in a kids' room by myself with a whole bunch of little kids (we're talking three to five year olds).
    11-15-2011, 11:08 PM
Well if you do decide to take southwest ( I don't know how much it is for a roundtrip) then you don't have to worry about a baggage fee. And I think the layovers aren't that long. And once again their service is great. I'm 15 and I fly to Florida by myself sometimes and they make me feel right at home. And they don't treat me like a kid!
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