nothing informative in this post. just me freaking out because i still don't have airfare, and we're supposed to leave in 3 weeks! usually my airfare is booked first and then we look for hotels after. well we happen to see a good hotel deal (5 nights at bally's for $220 total) and booked it. we've been watching airfare since end of march, hoping it would go down. silly me but bing said to wait (at 80% confidence)! alas, the key wording would be "steady" in the "fares dropping or steady" price predictor. doh! it was so wrong. not only were fares not dropping, they sure weren't remaining steady either! :Þ we've never paid more than $400 for a non-stop flight from newark to vegas before. now flights are around $550 for a flight with stops! since i basically am losing $600 any time i plan to vacation for a week (my job doesn't give me paid time off), i really can't afford $400+ on airfare. woe is me . anyway, this is really just a rant. even if we had bought in march right when we booked bally's, flights were still hovering around $400. not cheap by any standards. plus, we couldn't book yet because we hadn't determined our exact dates (we always stay with my dad a couple of nights). my dad has had some personal stuff going on, so we didn't want to book without figuring that out first. people keep asking me if we can just move our dates to july or august. i have several reasons that is a no. first, i already have this time off from work and will need to switch it (not a huge deal really, just annoying). second, we want to send save the dates for our wedding at least 10 months out since it's a destination wedding (we're planning for a sept. or oct. 2013 wedding). and lastly, it's just too damn hot! :eek2 also, i have my southwest card in hand, waiting patiently (ok not so patiently) to miraculously have my 50,000 points posted to my account. they say 6-8 weeks. some of the posters on here have said 2-3 weeks. even if i get them in that 2-3 week window, it would be like the day before i'm supposed to leave. i just gotta bite the bullet it looks like and cough up the money.