Two whole weeks since my last update. Wow. I guess my mileage-run from hell really did leave me in bad shape. Nah, in fact, I’ve been really busy with the little man, traveling to Savannah and BAcon in Vegas, as well as working like a beast. September/October is usually a work-heavy time of year for me.
Speaking of, I originally had plans to leave Vegas on Monday morning after the BoardingArea conference wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. I’ve had a pretty consistent driving gig on a new pilot, so I pretty much have to make myself available at moment’s notice (though usually I try to get a pretty good idea of what the advance schedule looks like ahead of time). I was confident I was in the clear to make BAcon work.
While I just put my bags down after checking in to my Vegas room, I received a call telling me I am needed Monday morning. At 530 am. There goes that red-eye possibility.
Good thing for having a diversified points and miles collection with healthy balances – I thought I could easily redeem 12,500 miles (more than my original 8,000 Rapid Rewards points ticket I originally had), but since virtually everyone in the world was in Vegas that weekend, I wasn’t so lucky. All that was available were 25,000 mile standard awards. First, let me tell you that I have never redeemed 25,000 miles for a domestic ticket before. Ever. But it was either that or spending $1,037 for a nonstop from LAS to EWR (!!!).
What made this redemption even more painful was the fact that I had my +1 with me, Mr. Points Traveler. I could have had him stay and take the original flight home, but since we came together, it was only right for us to leave together.
So there, my most embarrassing redemption of the century – 50,000 United miles for two one way domestic tickets. My tail is between my legs.
Have you ever had a moment where you were faced with the same dilemma? If so, feel free to share!