Last time we went, June 09, we flew 1st class, Phoenix to Houston, Houston to Aruba, $ 1200pp, this year we will fly coach on the airlines.
That's close to what we paid for our 1st class seats this year.
Last year when we called the week before - when we were looking at the 5 hour flight to JFK - then a lay over - then another 4.5 hous to Aruba I called & wanted to go first class - they told me $ 6,000.00 per person!! I almost fell off my chair - so when I saw the first classs seats from SFO to Aruba for $ 999.00 per person - I jumped at them!!
It will still be a long day - but at least we can stretch out a little. I like the idea of just staying the night at the airport. We get a free night each year from our credit card - so maybe I'll just save it for our 3rd trip to Aruba!!