Mega Millions fever has taken the country by storm. The jackpot has grown to a record $640 million dollars! A prize that may even coax Bill Gates or Mark Cuban to run out to the local convenience store to buy a ticket.
The question that seems to come up in every conversation is, “What will you do when you win?” The answer is simple, travel, of course. My head has been swirling with thoughts of lavish hotels, luxurious charter flights and crystal-clear waters. How can I possibly choose between all of the destinations available?
I decided to throw logic out the window and just have fun. Most of my days are spent finding the best flight deals available, but today we look at some of the worst. I pulled the 5 most expensive flights as found by our users yesterday for flights anywhere in the world in April. (Because, hey, if you win, why wait until the summer to sunbathe?) Hopefully, these will provide our readers some inspiration when choosing their destination after winning the big jackpot.
World’s Most Expensive Flights
With so many searches everyday, we come across some pretty off-the-beaten-track destinations. Here is what we found:
1. Washington, D.C. to Asmara, Eritrea – $10,154 R/T, incl. taxes
Eritrea is frankly a country that I had never heard of, but it is located on the coast of the Red Sea bordering Ethiopia and Sudan. Tourism is almost non-existent in the area and accounts for less than 1% of the country’s GDP according to the World Tourism Organization.
This may not be on your short list of places to visit, but I promised expensive flights only!
2. LA to Porlamar, Margarita Island – $5,501 R/T, incl. taxes
For many years, Margarita Island, off the coast of Venezuela, was a secluded beach-goers paradise until a crime rose in the area. Tourism dropped significantly over the past several years and it is likely a place to avoid despite it’s beautiful beaches.
3. Seattle to Nadi, Fiji – $4,907 R/T, incl. taxes
Nadi is home to the largest airport in Fiji, so it’s a hub for most travelers to these exclusive islands. Fiji, located in the South Pacific, is a popular honeymoon spot and beach destination for the wealthy. This flight is normally quite pricey, but we found fares on Fly.com for over $3,000 less.
4. Boston to Venice, Italy – $4,837 Roundtrip, incl. taxes
Normally this flight would cost around $900 roundtrip, which indicates the user searched for a smaller airport in the Venice area. Within the Fly.com search results, the user is prompted to use the major Venice airport instead, which will save $2882! Just another perk of using the most comprehensive airfare search engine around.
Back to Venice: It’s canals, artwork and architecture has made it one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world. Getting there isn’t cheap, clearly, but with the right combination of lotto numbers, this trip could be yours!
5. Sacramento to Myanmar – $4,561 Roundtrip, incl. taxes
Myanmar, or Burma, borders India, Thailand and China. This country has certainly had it’s share of civil and political unrest. Though publicly the Burmese government encourages tourism, it has imposed strict regulations on where visitors can travel and how they interact with the country’s inhabitants.
Where to go? (or not to go)
This exercise has not necessarily provided me with inspiring travel ideas (aside from Venice and Fiji), but it proves that some destinations are expensive for a reason. Unsafe or unpopular tourist destinations command higher fares because there are very few flights to these areas. This reminds me that travelers should always check the U.S. Department of State website for updated travel warnings and alerts before booking a flight internationally.
If you win Mega Millions, I suggest sticking to the more conventional travel destinations like Las Vegas, London, Paris or Hawaii. All of these destinations have luxurious hotels or resorts and plenty of top-notch restaurants or attractions to keep any millionaire happy.
Where is the first place you would visit if you win?
Good luck to those who bought tickets! But, if you don’t win, here are some great flights deals we found that won’t break the bank: