Once I decided I didn’t want to get myself out to Amman airport in time for a 6:35 am Turkish Airlines flight (never mind the 3:50 am option) the next cheapest flight to Istanbul was at 11:20 am on Royal Jordanian. I couldn’t turn up a discount offer for the flight, so I went ahead and bought direct from Royal Jordanian. No difficulties with getting an e-ticket this time.
That just left the Raleigh-Durham – New York flights. I’d been holding off on those, waiting to see if the prices came down as my departure got closer. There had been some discussion on-line as to whether prices would drop, or the airlines would cut capacity. While I suppose the airlines aren’t actually calling each other up and setting prices in defiance of the monopoly laws, there were several with the same lowest price. Flying up on a Thursday and back on a Sunday, the best price was $160 including fees and taxes. I could have saved $30 flying back on a Monday, but the hotel night would have cost a lot more than that. Taking the train, which I had also considered, would have cost almost exactly the same price, but would have taken 10 hours one way!
I was about to buy from American Airlines, where I accumulate frequent flyer miles, when I remembered that AA was now charging for the first checked bag on domestic flights (my most recent AA flights had been international). Although I travel light (under 30 lbs total), I like to check the bigger bag – I don’t want to lug it round the terminal buildings, and I want to check some things the TSA won’t pass for carry-on. So I booked on JetBlue instead.
Booking with JetBlue settled the question of which New York airport I should fly into – their RDU flights all go to JFK. Since there were only a few to choose from, I didn’t have too much trouble with that decision either – a mid-day flight going up, and an early evening flight coming back. Depending on how I felt when I arrived, I could take the AirTrain to the Howard Beach subway station, or spend the extra for the Shuttle.