You know that feeling you get when that highly coveted award seat you’ve been waiting for finally becomes available? Or when there’s availability to redeem points at a “dream” hotel over the holidays? Usually you get that elated feeling from doing lots of research and/or monitoring availability closely.
Apparently sometimes forgetfulness pays off as well, and this was just such an extreme example that I couldn’t help but share.
I need to fly from Los Angeles to Dallas soon, and when I looked a few days ago, the fare was $212 per person ($424.20 total for two people). I placed it on hold, and was planning on booking it the next day. While I wasn’t thrilled with the fare, ultimately I was willing to book it, since we had to be on that flight from a scheduling standpoint.
Unfortunately that flight slipped my mind the following day. Grrrr. With my luck, I was imagining that the fare had doubled, or something.
Only that wasn’t the case. Instead, the fare fell by over 70%, from $212.10 per person to $58.10 per person.
At that price I ticketed the reservation right away, rather than even placing it on hold, out of fear of making the same mistake again.
I know this might sound minor to some, but I think as humans we have the tendency to be critical of ourselves. I can remember all kinds of instances where I made mistakes when booking travel and it didn’t benefit me. It’s nice to remember that sometimes forgetfulness/not planning as carefully as we should can work out in our favor as well.
Have you ever saved money on travel as a result of forgetting to book something?