vice characteristic of mine is that I am an extremely impulsive person. It’s not uncommon for me to just go out and do things on a whim “just because”. In fact, my “about” section on Facebook pretty much describes me to a T. And we all know that if it’s Facebook official – it’s real, right? Right.
To justify a bit, I haven’t been on an airplane since June, and I have this incurable disease called the travel itch, so hear me out. It’s not helping that summer is winding down, so I guess I’m subconsciously thinking of ways to preserve it. Did I mention that sun, sand, and palm trees are some of my favorite things to daydream about year round? It doesn’t do a travel-addict any good when airlines sometimes make it too easy to redeem miles for award flights… oh boy, spontaneity got to the best of me…
I had a nice stack of BA Avios tantalizing me from the generous Nordstrom promotion back in February, and with round-trip flights from NY to Miami costing only 15,000 Avios + $5 in taxes in fees, it was pretty hard to resist. I gave into temptation.
Tiffany and I decided to book an impulsive cruise, leaving from Miami in less than 2 weeks. Total out-of-pocket costs? $241.80 – cruise, flights, and taxes included. I have not been on a cruise since 2008, and cruising to me is not really anything extravagant, but it’s still exciting to look forward to meeting new people and eating non-stop. That alone sounds like the perfect excuse for a little getaway!
The Game Plan:
- LGA – MIA on American Airlines – 7,500 Avios and $2.50
- 4 Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami – $139 ($236.80 with taxes)
- MIA – LGA on American Airlines – 7,500 Avios and $2.50
To sum it up, I was being silly and booked a cruise for no reason what-so-ever. Yup, in the middle of hurricane season…
But I have faith that the weather will hold up!
Have you ever been impulsive with your miles? I know you have… let’s hear the confessions!
P.S. – There’s currently a 40% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards (which you can earn from AmEx cards such as the American Express® Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express) to British Airways Avios going on from now until September 27. That should be enough of an incentive to tempt you to be impulsive with your BA Avios too!