Why Last Minute Travel Can Suck & Why People Hate Miles

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Photo courtesy of Jon Rawlinson.

A while back I wrote about how I love last minute travel. How I love to go places on a whim. Well today I am a little stuck because of it and feel frustrated. (I swear that I am making the same face as the guy above.)

This is the feeling that most people get when they try to redeem their hard earned miles. I can’t tell you how many people I have spoken to who have 25,000 or 50,000 miles and have tried to book a simple trip to find out that it is not possible.

Thankfully I am not most people and have backup plans, but I am still a little frustrated. Tomorrow my wife, son & I are flying to Colombia for a week. After that my son and I are staying in South America while my wife flies back for work.

I had a flight picked out from Bogota to Santiago, Chile, but just as I was finalizing all of the other flights around it, the availability disappeared. Oh why couldn’t I commit sooner?

So while I have two other options, it’s the final decision time and the Santiago flight has not come back. We are off to Panama it seems. (And I am mad that the IC Panama is not available on Point Breaks anymore. Boo hoo!)

While I take pride in my ability to travel on a whim, it screwed me this time. I should have committed, but I am so used to waiting until the last minute and it backfired.

Will this force me to change my ways? Probably not. I have been traveling this way for the better part of a decade and I certainly have had more good times than bad.

To put it in perspective, I am complaining about visiting Panama instead of Santiago. Talk about first world problems. While most people find themselves frustrated with miles & loyalty programs, I am continually amazed at how I can travel for pennies on the dollar, even if I have to settle for second fiddle.

Watch for upcoming posts about our actual mileage bookings and our experiences in Colombia and other random places. Wherever we go, my family and I are aware everyday that we are blessed!

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m just the opposite, Shawn, but becoming more frustrated at my inability to buy and upgrade tix on Virgin Atlantic, my choice for SFO-LHR. I’ve even looked at buying one UC tix and using miles for a second one, which I recently did with AirFrance/Delta. Virgin can’t seem to make up its mind when to release the first class space … up until a couple of years ago, I could sew up a great trip 11 months out for two of us, now there’s very little availability. New York is much easier, 3 airports, lots of flights but I prefer the one daily n/s from SFO. So I am practicing that face above!

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