fauxklore (fauxklore) wrote,

Vacation Planning

I called up United today to see if I could get frequent flyer tickets for the trip I've been planning for a while. I'm always reading about how hard it is to redeem miles but my experience is that, if you have a few days flexibility, the customer service folks can find you seats.

So I have tickets to Madagascar for August / September. It's economy class, alas, and not a great routing (stops in London and Johannesburg) but paying under $150 in taxes and fees is a lot better than paying the $2500 or so that buying the ticket would involve. It was also amusing to listen to somebody with a strong Indian accent attempt to pronounce Antananarivo.

While I was on the line, I figured I might as well see what I could do for later in the year. My Christmas plans are now set. I'll be going to Cambodia. That's mostly business class, too. (Mostly, because the flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh is economy. But that's just over an hour.) And, on the way back, I'm going via JFK and the hop to Dulles from there is also economy. Which is not surprising, given that it's a short haul puddlehopper.

I've got a travel agent working on the land details for Madagascar. Cambodia will be a do it myself cheap trip.

And, while I was at it, this doesn't quite count, but I did book a hotel room for an upcoming Volksmarch weekend in West Virginia. I did not, however, get around to buying various theatre tickets and baseball tickets since I did have to spend some time actually working.
Tags: travel

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