I suck at planning ahead. With that being said, I *impulsively* booked the BOS-ICN mistake fare that was live for a day a few months ago. The “deal” was a ~$1,700 round trip in United GlobalFirst. The beauty of it all was that it booked in into United “A” fare class, meaning it’s totally refundable.
Another beautiful thing is this: A-class earns 150% in elite qualifying miles, so I’d earn a little over 25,000 PQM. That’s like getting United’s Premier Silver status after just one flight (though my plan is to try qualify for Platinum). Aside from the PQM, I’d be getting a boatload of redeemable miles to use for future travel.
On paper, this sounds like an awesome deal. Why am I so indecisive?
Part of the reason I’m hesitant is this: I generally hate paying for flights… and spending close to $3,500 for two roundtrips flights for Mr. Points Traveler and I is a little bit out of my comfort zone.
Another thing I’m thinking is: “Did I just book this because of the sale hype? Do I really have genuine excitement about going to Asia for Labor Day Weekend?”
I’ll also add that I have no hotels booked at the moment, nor do I have a plan in place to position from New Jersey to Boston.
Ah, another thought just raced through my head. What if I miss my connection from SFO-ICN? Will I be setting myself up a headache? 45 minutes is tight…
So obviously I’ve never been to Seoul. And I’m hearing mixed reviews. Some are saying 4.5 days there is enough, and some are suggesting that I see what I can see in 1-2 days and then move on (Tokyo perhaps).
What do you think? Should I go to Seoul? If so, what should I do there? Where should I stay?
For now, I guess I’ll take a chill pill… by booking a family award trip for the fall.