Oh, JetBlue, I really love you some times! There was this great
Ryan and I had some pretty good options to come home: $200 if we wanted a late night flight, $140 for a lunch flight, and only 8k points last minute to book a spare early morning Southwest flight in case of evening inclement weather in New York. With a companion pass this was a real steal! These Southwest flights don’t show up in results on Kayak so if you are looking to do a price comparison always check Southwest just in case! In the case of NYC-TPA, there aren’t any direct Southwest flights, but considering its great no change fee policy, it was so convenient to book a last minute connecting flight to make sure I could get to work on Monday.
We landed Saturday afternoon, checked into the Sheraton Suites, which was a bargain on points (only 3,000 for a $300 night which is 10 cents per point), then went straight off to Busch Gardens. We preordered tickets with AAA which turned out to be cheaper than plum discounts or working advantage.
So it turns out, you only really need one afternoon as fast walking adults to do the entire park. Lines were pretty short in February–the longest we had to wait was 35 minutes (just enough time to get over our motion sickness from the last ride haha!).
We left the park around 5:30 to get to Clearwater Beach to watch the sunset and grab some seafood. The drive was spectacular!
I recommend the Clear Sky Cafe for simple well executed fresh seafood right next to the beach.
Sunday morning we headed back to the airport because there was bad weather in New York. Was the short trip worth it? It depends on how much you need the sunshine and like roller coasters! Next time I want to check out Big Cat Rescue and we’ll probably skip the park.