A chance chat with a friend and she happened to mention that flights were extortionately expensive this summer – she’s ain't kidding!
When we first moved out here, return flights between Dubai and London could easily be booked for 450 pounds (I can't find the pound sign on my new mac) each with Emirates. Not any more.
I don’t have to dig out notes from my economics degree – that’s financial economics as opposed to home economics (although the latter seems so much more appropriate for me these days - I make a mean carrot cake) – to know that inflation has had its part to play over the past five years, let alone fuel price increases, but ‘cry-ky’ (a pertinent mistake) flight prices have almost doubled.
If we fly in July a return to London Gatwick (from which it’s sooooo much easier to hire a car – especially when travelling alone with two kids, three suitcases and two car seats) costs AED4,890. And explain this: (at the time of writing) on the first of August flights drop to AED3,810 each.
Considering I’ve got 58,000 expiring Skywards miles to spend – it’s only taken me five years and well over 12 flights to build up the points – I have to fly Emirates. And guess what date we’re going? You guessed it –August 1st.
Is the July price hike something to do with the Olympics? Answers on a postcard please – or commenting to this blog might be quicker considering Dubai’s lack of door-to-door postal service (yes, that's the truth!).
About this blog...
I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).