Why I Should Really Stop Booking Mistake Rates & My New System Going Forward

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Photo courtesy of Lori Branham.

A Vegas Mistake

Innocently enough last December I came across a mistake rate for the Venetian here in my hometown of Las Vegas. Knowing that it was fully cancelable, I decided to book it. After all a Strip View upgraded suite at the Venetian is an amazing deal for $43 all in.

While I didn’t forget about this reservation like with my New Year’s debacle in Chicago, for some reason I thought it was for late summer. Well thanks to Google stalking my emails and Trip It doing the same, two days ago I received pop-ups on my phone reminding me of a reservation for tonight 3/18. Uh oh.

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$43 at the Venetian is a fantastic rate.

By the time I found out, the reservation was past its cancel date, plus it would have been painful to cancel such an amazing rate. The only problem is that I just stayed on the Strip a few nights ago at the Aria for my birthday.

Since I am a total hotel nerd and have been wanting to stay at the Venetian forever, I ultimately decided to come check-in. My friend was able to get my wife and I tickets for the Blue Man Group and it should be a great night. (They actually moved me to an equivalent room in the newer Palazzo.)

Lesson(s) Learned

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My room at the Palazzo. Very nice!

The New Year’s situation and this one have taught me a lesson. I need to be more proactive about mistake rates. Yes the booking is archived in Trip It, but I rarely go into the app. Thus I have decided to change the way I do things from now on.

Since I am very active on my phone, I will now manually add in Google Calendar entries. A simple solution no doubt, but one I should have done a long time ago. Instead of  two day warning, I figure I will put in a warning at 30 days out with several closer increments as well.

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Not a bad view. It should be prettier at night!

I also see this situation as sort of a blessing. Being able to stay at these two “five star” resorts within a couple of days should give me a unique perspective. I can already tell you that the staff here seems to be much friendlier than their Aria and even Bellagio counterparts.

Conclusion

Since I try to make every mistake a learning experience for both myself and you the reader, I thought I would open it up for your suggestions. How do you keep track of both your normal travel reservations and the crazy mistake rates/fares you book? Let me know in the comments.

Arrivederci from the Palazzo!


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Longer dated calendar alerts are a great idea. I tend to use a week, but a month probably makes more sense to start with. Have fun at the Palazzo!

  2. Shawn,

    I use the import calendar function from Kayak’s My Trips and they auto:populate my Google calendar.

  3. Look into calengoo. It’s a fully integrated calendar with more options and details than google. I sync my google calendar and my tasks across all phones/pc’s, including with my wife and her own calengoo account and personal tasks etc. It’s one of those how did I live without it apps.

  4. Google already does this automatically for you if you have gmail and an android phone. I use google cards for flights/hotels all the time – you don’t have to do anything if your reservations come to your gmail account.

    • Google’s task list, ease of use and options pale in comparison to a paid-for app like Calengoo though.

      Don’t get me wrong though ,I use gmail as my primary email address so I’m not trying to criticize Google.

    • You are right and it worked for me in this situation. The only problem is the Google card only popped up two days beforehand. So I didn’t forget my reservation, but I would have rather had more frequent reminders farther out.

      Google did its job, I just need a different solution since I am booking speculative plans from time to time.

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