I have called Delta and tried to speak to Sales. Got nowhere. I can't find an email address for them but tried. I also called SkyMiles to try and get some help but they said it isn't a SkyMiles problem. I really don't know what else to do.
This is exactly what Delta said:
Airfares can be complicated, and we know that the cost of air travel is an important consideration when planning a trip. To price our product, we consider market demand, competition and cost. Each market is evaluated independently. In addition, all fare types are subject to availability and some fares must be purchased a specific number of days in advance.
Currently our lowest business fare for round-trip travel from Fort Myers to Hong Kong is offered via Delta-coded flights with a change of planes in Atlanta and Seoul/ICN. This fare type, IWR50, requires advance purchase of 50 days and is subject to availability. While we appreciate a chance to work with you on the fare, please know that our pricing system does not allow specific fare negotiation and we must respectfully decline your request to match another airline's fare for your desired itinerary.
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If you have any ideas, I would love to hear.
As far as secondary cities, let me shamelessly promote Southwest Florida. Our airport (RSW) has tons of different air carriers and you can access Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples and Marco Island. We have Spring Training going on with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays all right here. We have some of the best shelling Beaches in the world. We have Thomas Alva Edison's Winter Home, Lab and Gardens for touring along with a Shell Museum, and many other attractions. We welcome all to our area!
St Augustine is great and has tons of history. Portland is fantastic also. I think there are many diamonds in the rough that we can explore!
I am seeing an increase in the "All Inclusive" resort travel....the new "cruise ships".Many of us got started on cruise ships because of the great value for the money and so many things included, as opposed to booking all details of a trip on your own. It let you relax more on vacation and saved money to boot. I know that many of my coworkers are taking advantage of the "all inclusive" resorts and are happy that it is not just Club Med anymore. This may be a good reaction to the down economy - working to get the cruise crowd back to the resorts.
I do have a question about Mexico that maybe someone can answer. One negative to a down economy can, at times, be an increase in crime for some areas. With the violent drug war going in in Mexico, I know that the State Department issueda warning to college students going to spring break there. Are there areas to avoid - or this country completely? Are the cruise ships / resorts taking added precautions? Maybe some who have traveled there recently can venture an opinion.
Shygirl, I would absolutely not hesitate to travel to Mexico at this time. In fact, I'm heading down there in just over two weeks. The State Department warning focused primarily on Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales and other border towns, where violent crime has gotten out of control. Many college students enjoy crossing the U.S. border and going into these border towns because they can drink legally and cheaply there. On the other hand, tourist hot spots such as Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, etc. are still very safe. The Mexican economy is heavily dependent on tourism and I'm sure the government will do everything in its power to ensure the safety of foreign visitors.
With the exchange rate recently hitting fifteen pesos to the dollar, Mexico is a bargain right now. As recently as a year or two ago, Americans were getting ten or eleven pesos to the dollar. Take advantage of the favorable currency exchange and go sip some margaritas, eat some tacos, and catch some sun!
This may be a little of topic but I still think it is relative. Travel period ...is down and yet with this economy you would think that there would be more "deals" to be had, sold orauctioned. However even here on LL the packages seem (to me) to be down in numbers and the auctions that are available have increased a fair amount with less add on's then what they were last year. Makes me wonder how bad a slump the economy really is in...considering travel is still a "luxury" !!??
I definitely agree that the number of packages available on Luxury Link has gone down. I've been following a particular package since I would like to buy it but it expires before I need it, so I'm patiently waiting. The package was an auction item a few weeks ago and it's an auction item again but the starting price is significantly higher. I wonder if starting prices in general are inching upwards.
When booking travel online, be careful of taking the cheapest hotel rate that requires you to pay the total up front for your stay at the time of booking. I have been watching the dollar becoming stronger against the Euro. The hotel's goal is to get you to pay the total as soon as possible before exchange rates drop further. That "bargain" rate may not be such a bargain by the time you take the trip. Paying a deposit for the reservation, with the balance paid on arrival, may turn out to be the best deal in the end.