Since I’m moving nearly three hours from the nearest UA station tomorrow (going back to school), I figured it was time to do some airport ticketing. I have a bunch of vouchers sitting around and had some travel to plan, so spent last night putting a few tickets on hold, which I ticketed at the airport today.
The TPA station is all Ted, and the agents are generally inexperienced. After a short wait for an agent that knew how to do future ticketing, I eventually got helped. First I issued my ticket for the San Francisco Mega Do in September (for those not signed up yet, you really should come, I promise it’ll be fun!). I managed to find a flight for $240 all-in roundtrip, but sadly the outbound time wasn’t ideal. On the return I got the redeye that I wanted, but for the outbound I had to book a 6PM departure, since it was $200 cheaper than the option I wanted. I figure I shouldn’t have a problem standing by for an earlier flight, at least I hope not. While I could have used a free ticket voucher for my ideal flights, I wouldn’t have earned miles and couldn’t have upgraded, two things I really don’t like (although I can deal with not upgrading, it’s the miles I don’t want to miss out on).
Anyway, I used a $200 type B voucher (from a bump), and combined it with a $35.01 voucher (from a refare), so my out of pocket cost was $4.99. Not too shabby.
Then comes the fun part. I was also issuing two free tickets for friends. This guy started cracking up. He said “wow, you’ve been busy.” I said “What can I say, your inventory management isn’t very good. I think these free tickets are costing United a bit more than they expected with all of the capacity cuts.” He laughed and said “Well, I’m glad someone else has a basic grasp of economics.” That led to Tilton talk, and we know where that always leads.
Anyway, happy to empty out my airline wallet a bit, although it’s still a bit overstuffed….