How to Afford Visiting Overseas Grandparents

How to Afford Visiting Overseas Grandparents

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Carrie McBride
Sep 9, 2010

Q: We have grandparents in France who can't fly, so we go there. Our visit is free, apart from the tickets. After using up the last of our airline miles this year (from business travel long ago), and also crossing into paying ticket land with our daughter, to travel in May next year will be $4800. I want to know how families with overseas grandparents handle ticket cost. (continued below)

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We might be able to rack up some miles by charging our mortgage on our miles card with a website I found called ChargeSmart. We also might be able to go in 'off' months, for closer to $3000 (ouch). I see families every year in the airport with three children heading overseas, and they can't all be wealthy enough to find $6000 worth of tickets small change, right? I'm reeling today from our first pricing of next year's tickets, and I'm on the warpath for some tips! Does anyone else have this same challenge? How are you dealing with it?

Editor: Readers, are you in this situation, too? Any advice for Hamsa?

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