Sometimes I lose perspective of things. I’ll often joke that my Optempo of travel gets in the way of my manufactured spend. This morning I had a bit of a wakeup call. My wife needed to get up to Hartford, CT for the weekend. Short notice, holiday weekend, you’d think – wow, that’s going to cost a pretty penny, right?
It cost $5, and 18,000 miles (and only that because her flight home is in First Class).
Great value, sometimes overlooked
British Airways’ Avios points are sometimes overlooked because of the high fuel surcharge that BA charges on their own awards. For partner awards, especially domestic or short distance awards, they are great, because it’s a distance based program.
How this worked out so well
So, I happened to look the morning of the original flight (due to Hurricane Arthur, best laid plans didn’t work out perfectly, but still well enough), and saw the following availability:
For flights back, there was much more availability but only available up front (which, of course, increases the amount of miles required for the award).
All told, the entire itinerary amounted to:
I don’t know how you can beat that.
So the message is clear, at least for me. Even though I spend copious amounts of time looking for and flying awesome premium cabins, the reality is, that there is a whole lot more to life, than expensive champagne, layflat seats and pajamas that may or may not shrink in laundry.
For me, it’s time to start looking at my bucket list. (not to say I’ll stop flying awesome premium products — flying Emirates First on the A380 in August!).