Our summer travel schedule has been rounded out perfectly with the booking of our tickets to San Fransisco and our confirmation for a cozy Mission District airbnb for what is to be our first full on family vacation in our favorite U.S. city!
Sky miles are tricky little monsters…should we get American Express or not? Also, I accidentally-on-purpose cheated a travel agent out of her fee. Ooops.
Due to all of Cory’s work travel, he has accumulated a bazillion sky miles, and since I travel with him often, I have accumulated some for myself as well. We were able to get Cory’s plane ticket for free (easy peasy), but even though I have accumulated a decent amount of sky miles for myself it wasn’t enough to cover a whole ticket, which was going to be $470 each for Sky and myself. Cory’s extra miles can’t be transferred to me, so I was hoping to be able to apply my miles to the balance of my plane ticket, because with three trips this summer it’s imperative that we be as cost effective as possible. I was told by the first (not so great) Delta agent that since I couldn’t cover the whole ticket with my miles…unless I applied for and acquired a Delta Airlines American Express card AND put a thousand dollars on said card within a week, I could not apply my miles to my ticket price. Umwut?
Saddened and confused by this, I decided to call a travel agent for help with exploring more affordable dates – she was able to find an itinerary that brought the ticket price down to $407. The only thing I needed to do was call Delta to make sure Cory could use his miles during those dates. Upon making that call to the next (and much better) Delta agent, the agent informed me that she could book us the flights at $397 AND Cory was able to get his flight for free. This is when I was supposed to hang up and call the travel agent back, but I did not. I am horrible (not).
She also corrected the wrong American Express information I had been given: if we acquire the card we do NOT need to put 1000 dollars on it within a week. Not only could we transfer miles or apply them to a ticket purchase, we’d receive 30,000 instant bonus miles, we could check as many bags as we want for free and board the plane in the priority line. Plus we would earn sky miles when ever we use the card. That’s an entirely different story then the first version, and we may go ahead and get that card.
Airbnb is awesome.
This time around we were able to book a fantastic one bedroom apartment with a patio in the vibrant Mission District neighborhood – just a jump away from my lovely Jeremy and only a block away from BART.
Oh the things we’ll do!
Alcatraz is all booked up, because frankly I think you have to book more than six months in advance to even come close to scoring tickets. Color me disappointed by that. I’ve been, but Sky hasn’t, and I am aching to take her.
We would love to visit Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais – I haven’t been there since I was 10! Jeremy suggests a ferry to Sausalito, or maybe a wine valley train trip…or even a GPS-guided go-cart city tour, where I hit everything and probably kill some poor unwitting pedestrian.
After booking the Savannah trip, the weekend Nassau cruise and this San Fran trip – this girl is all booked out and totally stoked.