I want to go to Cuba, air only to a city called Holguin. I call up the local office about once a week (sometimes more than once on the same day) ask the prices. I have been doing this for about 6 months, but I haven’t booked anything yet. The last time I went to Cuba, I only paid $584 and I can’t understand why the prices are so high. When I call the agency now, they answer my call like they know who I am, always giving me the same price and the same answer. They always ask, “Can I book that for you sir”. NO, you can’t, you are ripping me off and I refuse to pay this price. I told the girl on Sunday that I was going to call Justin Trudeau and complain about being ripped off. Why can’t I get the price I paid before?
Bags packed nowhere to go
Dear Nowhere to go,
The first thing I have to say to you is thank goodness you aren’t calling my agency on a weekly basis. Most office phones now have call display and I am sure the reason you think they know who you are when you call in, is because they do. As well, you ask for the same thing, month after month without making a reservation, they know what you are looking for. But the question is, do you know what you are looking for?
We can’t spend life thinking about what things used to cost, there really is no point. If you aren’t already aware, the taxes for most travel destinations are over $400 (for Cuba it is about $360). If you paid $584 for flight about 2 years ago even, you were lucky to do so. If you can get it again, you would be even luckier at this point in time.
Even though a lot of people want to blame Justin Trudeau for everything that is wrong with Canada and the economy, it is not his fault that the cost of travel is what it is.
My advice to you is either book your trip for the dates that you want to travel. If you don’t want to pay the current prices of the cost of travel, then resign yourself to the fact that you won’t be going to Cuba (or anywhere else) anytime soon. More importantly, stop calling the agency you are calling on a weekly basis and stop wasting their time. They could be speaking to someone who is really interested in making a reservation.
Best of luck getting to Cuba.