I’ll never forget the thrill and uncertainty of booking my first award ticket. I thought I’d show up to the airport and be turned away for not paying (or something like that). Can a flight really cost ~$11 when you book with… points?
That was a few years ago. But there’s still something so novel about booking award trips. Some of them are planned in advance, like my upcoming trip to Hawaii. And some are aspirational or in the future, like the Brussels Airlines flights I booked with Etihad miles.
Long story short, I needed to spend a couple of days in New Mexico to get some work done there. Looking at my upcoming weekends:
- Next one was open
- After that, Austin for work
- Labor Day weekend – nothing available with points
4 weekends = a month of plans. I started poking around and realized, holy crap, I’m gonna book this trip for next weekend!