Okay, so I need to fly to Dallas/Ft Worth during Labor Day weekend on ‘church business.’ Just flying in on Saturday and coming back Sunday afternoon.
An associate of mine bought her plane tickets the other day – $265. Not too bad for non-stop both ways.
I go to make my reservations today for the exact same flights – $399. I looked on a couple of different websites, all were $399-$400 for the same flights. It’s no longer within 21 days, you see.
Oh well. It would have been nice to save my church $135, but it can’t be helped now. So I pull out the credit card and start to book my flight on Travelocity.
After I’ve selected my flight, I see a bonus offer – “Book your hotel now and save!” Well, I’m visiting Plano, not Irving or wherever the airport is, so I’m about to skip it. Then I see the bonus price: $256.00. For the same flights I was about to pay $400 for, plus a hotel I don’t need.
So, needless to say, I jumped on it. I have my confirmation right here. There is nothing in the fine print about having to pay a penalty if I don’t show up at the hotel. Obviously, I can’t cancel my hotel room without also cancelling my flight, but why would I cancel a hotel room when I’m getting $145 to let it sit empty? Maybe I should just stop in for a quick shower before I go out to Plano.
What a crazy way to do business.
I hope this is mundane and pointless enough for this forum… I don’t spend a lot of time here.