By Mark Stoddard
Simply put, it will cost you less.
Some people want to use their Frequent Flyer numbers.
Others want to stop off in another country before or after our cruise.
Some want upgrades to better seat assignments.
If we include it in the cruise fare, we must take the price the airline is quoting now and add even more to cover the fare their quote at a later date. In addition, we'll have to use a route that may not appeal to you or fit your needs. Those routes change constantly and we can't control any of it.
Instead, we utilize our friends at Expedia Cruises, Lehi, who have large blocks of great fares with most major airlines. They work on commission and their fares are less than you could do on your own, so you save money doing it that way. And if anything goes wrong, Expedia is always available to find alternatives for you.
But, you may ask, other cruise lines offer FREE air.
Yes, they say that. That means they've increased their fares to cover the free air offer or, they offer a credit or discount amount (as we do) from your cruise fare to help offset the air. The language they use matters but if they're paying for something, you are as well.