Less than a week ago, the travel blogs were buzzing with news about an amazing business class fare from the US to Europe on TAP Portugal. To be honest, who wouldn’t be interested in a round trip business class ticket for $300?
While I saw the headlines come across my newsfeeds, I let it go—the same as I have done for all of the mistake fares I’ve seen before.
While there are a group of people who live to book mistake fares, I don’t fall into that category for several reasons.
I Have To Plan Vacation Time In Advance
My day job requires me to put in for my vacation in advance. I can’t do my job virtually and if I’m not there, someone has to cover for me. That requires planning and keeps me from making spontaneous bookings.
We Like To Travel Where We Want, Not To Where Flights Are Cheap
While mistake fares may be appealing to someone looking to explore, we prefer to visit places on our bucket list. Since we have a limited amount of vacation time, much of our travels are planned out well in advance because of my previously mentioned day job.
Even in the era of COVID-19, we’ve managed to plan a series of socially distanced trips.
Our Trips For 2021 Are Already Accounted For
We already have our 2021 trips planned out, as much as anyone can plan trips right now. Short trips, longer trips, they’re already on the calendar for the rest of the year. Even if I haven’t booked them yet, I know what plans I’m going to make if everything works out and what plans we have in the background if everything goes sideways like it did in 2020.
When there was such a thing as in-person Frequent Traveler University gatherings, I spoke with many people who traveled around the world using mistake fares. They went to wherever the lowest fare took them, regardless of the location or if they ever considered going there before. I heard stories about how they got to discover places they’d never considered if not drawn to visit because of a mistake fare to the city.
I appreciate this because in my youth we had to travel to several US cities because of my father’s annual conventions. No matter if it was St. Paul, Memphis, or Tampa, we always found something worthwhile to do while visiting a city. That’s not the way Sharon and I prefer to travel. We find a place we want to go and it’s my job to make that trip happen.
So this means I have to let mistake fares go and I’m OK with that.
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