I may not be good at a lot of things in life, like cooking or tying my shoes, but I’d like to think if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s predicting whether award availability will open up or not (yeah, I know, it’s a really impressive pick up line, isn’t it?). I’d like to think I can with near certainty predict whether an airline will open up award space on a given flight based on looking at the load, especially within a couple of weeks of departure.
I’ve actually gone so far as to make non-refundable hotel reservations in cities halfway around the globe without actually having flights locked in, simply because I was convinced award space would open up. And my “strategy” in this regard hasn’t failed me yet.
Well, shortly I’ll be embarking on a trip with my mom. Some of you may recall that last month I posted about my mom’s upcoming “round” birthday (she’d kill me if I said the number, but let’s just say it ends in -ixty), and the fact that I wanted to take her on a trip. Well, I have it booked for the most part, and I have to say the trip really is “once in a lifetime,” even for me. I’m damn excited.
There’s only one slight issue. I have one segment on Cathay Pacific for which I’m waiting for award space to open up. I tend to think Cathay Pacific is the single most reliable airline when it comes to opening up award space in premium cabins close to departure, almost to a fault. If they have more than a couple of first or business class award seats they’ll almost always make them available for award redemptions within a week or so of departure.
Well, apparently that’s the case for everything except the single most important flight of the itinerary with my mom. The flight is “9s” across the board (meaning they’re selling the highest number of seats available in each cabin), except there’s no award space.
I’m waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Actually, scartch that, I’m not waiting, but rather I’m refreshing the British Airways award search tool. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. And refreshing. I’ve literally probably checked award availability 200 times today. And all I get is the pesky “eff off, there’s nothing to see here” message from British Airways.
I’m writing this post for two reasons:
1) I’m absolutely convinced that as soon as I hit “publish” on this post the award space will open up. That’s just the way the universe works.
2) Does anyone else book trips and bank on award space opening up?