I messed up.
“But Eileen,” I hear you saying, in that shocked voice you save for only the truly egregious things in life, “I thought you didn’t make mistakes!”
Well, I mean, I don’t, it’s just that this time-
Okay, I can hear you rolling your eyes. Rude.
Anyway, there is a lesson to be learned from this mess-up, which is why I’m telling you in the first place. It’s not like the time I broke my toe on a vacuum cleaner
or tried to scalp Duran Duran tickets. No, this one’s constructive.
So, it’s November 27th, right? I just got my admission email from school. I’m psyched. I’m trying to figure out where to start.
I put the turkey in the oven (it was Thanksgiving Day).
Plane tickets! I’m going to need a plane ticket. Obviously. So I check Google Flights, one way tickets, Orlando to London… $400?! Seriously? What a deal! Can I buy ten?
But wait. I don’t know exactly which day I’m going to leave. Where I’ll be living. When school starts. So I don’t buy the ticket.
But I watch. Every day I check Google Flights. As my plans begin to take shape and solidify, I consider buying the tickets. Then one day I check Google Flights and – BAM! – $700.
“They’ll go down,” I reassure myself, then force everyone else to as well.
But they don’t. They go up to $890. Then they dip back down. Then they hover in between. But they never go below that $700 mark again.
Eventually I scrape my jaw off the floor and recover enough brain power to remember I have some miles with Alaska Airlines. On the vague chance they have a flight to get me from one point to the other for under $800, I check. It turns out they do. A direct flight*, in fact, which I never thought was possible in my wildest dreams. And it only costs me $450 if I buy a few extra miles. The only thing to consider is…
I’m just kidding. I bought it. How stupid do you think I am? Wait, don’t answer that.
Moral (or tl;dr for you youngin’s): Don’t wait until your airfare doubles to consider purchasing. Buy early and often (after checking to make sure they can accommodate your luggage).
*Side note: who would have guessed Alaska Air would have a partnership with British Air? Not me. Or anybody in Alaska.