The big news in the Points and Miles community this past week was that we learned how to book a First Class Round Trip ticket to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines for a total of about $300. Online Travel Review was the blog that broke the news, but of course it spread like wildfire, and within several hours it was an online frenzy. I was traveling the day the news hit, so by the time I got to the online party, I couldn’t find flight availability. I was disappointed to miss out on such an insane deal, especially since I’m in active planning mode for a trip to Hawaii next year, but I tried to have a positive attitude about the whole thing. These deals are like buses, I told myself. One comes along every…few weeks.
I tried to be happy for the folks who got in on the deal. It sorta worked, for like 5 minutes. But then I realized something (cue ominous music here): the flights they had snapped up were the exact flights I had been planning to book! On our trip to Hawaii next year!! I had built up a big stash of American Airlines miles, I had recently applied for the Alaska Airlines card to earn a chunk of Alaska miles, and I had big plans for 4 seats on those Alaska planes!
Needless to say, ARGH!!
This situation highlights several important things for any Points and Miles collector:
- Act quickly. These tickets sold out within hours. As I mentioned, I couldn’t take advantage of the deal, but it just underscores the fact that she who hesitates is lost.
- Don’t sit on mounds of Points and Miles. I wouldn’t be in this situation if I had booked my Alaska flights as soon as the flight calendar was out for next year.
- Diversify your holdings. There is no way I could have predicted this scenario, but I’m glad I have a good mix of miles on other airlines, as well as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards Points, because I’ll be able to build craft another flight scenario on a different airline.
- Stay flexible and remain calm. ‘Nuff said.
And I’m signing off to figure out my new strategy.