And I waited. And it went down quite a bit, and then by the time I could purchase it, back up a little. I ended up with a ticket for $400.
Southwest Airlines would have been significantly cheaper. But I have finally arrived at a place in my life where I don't have to purchase plane tickets based solely on price. (Hallelujah!) Finally, I was able to consider other issues that are important to me when purchasing a plane ticket:
- My miles are with American. I'm likely taking a personal trip to South Florida this August (Hallelujah again!), and by the miracle of miles, acquired slowly but surely, I have actually earned a free plane ticket. So I'm liking that. American flies the places I am most likely to go in any given year.
- I hate the Southwest air bus concept. I want an assigned seat. (Although at the moment aa.com won't let me see the seat map to change my seat which kinda blows. I'll have to give a call, it seems.)
- I prefer to fly into O'Hare where I've been once and am familiar with taking the train into Chicago. Southwest flies into Midway.
- And a big one for me, these situations just really turned me off Southwest Airlines:
Come fly the slut-shaming skies (Feministing)
Now, I haven't always had the world's best flights ever on American, and I'm certainly not a huge fan of the bag fees. But I am familiar with the terminals and usually check-in and boarding go like butter. So despite the (strong) allure of a cheaper ticket, I'm flying American Airlines to BlogHer. Here's hoping for a peaceful, on-time flight.