And I am going to complain, which will only make it worse.
After my trip to Seattle, I officially banked enough Marriott points to cover my hotel room on a return trip to the Big Island. I was thinking Same Time, Next Year. But I’m not quite sure I will have the airline miles. So I went to United.com to see how much it would cost to just pay for a ticket. The answer: $1,000.
I could have sworn it was only $700 the last time I checked. What happened, exactly? Perhaps the economy (and tourism industry) turning around. Perhaps the cost of gasoline. And perhaps “volcano tourism is suddenly hot“, as USA Today Travel reports: