Way back when (January 2011) Mary and I added Key West to our list of places to go. Well, the trip has resurfaced and I think it's a go for Mary's birthday. I'm reviewing my initial plans and working through some new routing to take better advantage of fuel prices.
The original plan was to stop at one of our favorites, Grand Strand, well that's out. The fuel at KCRE is now $6.64 a gallon. With a little searching I found much better pricing thanks to AirNav.
So with the flight plans starting to take shape and my iPad updated for charts and plates it was time to look for a hotel. On one of the Blogs I read, Family Flying, Geoff had posted about his flight to Key West. His family stayed at the Sheraton Key West and it's located right across the street from the beach. The hotel also provided a free shuttle service down town so that's a plus. There will be more in depth investigation over the next week.
Sadly, I am also checking airfare. Fuel alone for the round trip can cost me up to $1,300.00 and airfare is looking like $700 round trip total for the both of us flying coach. Rooms are $230 a night so we'll factor all that info in and then decide on the best plan of attack. I should mention that the flight to key west for me the pilot is priceless! Mary also added that we bought the plane to travel so let's use it. Easier said than done if we fly 8-9 hours in one day. More info on this excursion to follow.
Airline tickets secured, total cost round trip for the both of us...$699. Sorry 08Romeo, you're staying home on this trip.