For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about going to Portland for a Subud gathering held the weekend before Thanksgiving. When I mentioned that I was pondering this possibility to my mom, she hopefully suggested that I stay for the entire week. It was an appealing idea since I haven’t had Thanksgiving with my immediate family since 2001.
I sat down today with the intention to buy a plane ticket. I checked out America West, and was reminded that they had become part of US Airways. I found a flight and was about to buy the ticket, when I had a feeling I shouldn’t do it. I paused, scooted my chair back from my computer and got quiet. Nope, I really felt not to buy the ticket. I sighed and got up to go to the bathroom, thinking that maybe I just wasn’t supposed to take the trip.
When I got back to my desk, there was a new email in my gmail account. It was SideStep newsletter with links to travel deals around the internet. Normally I toss them without looking, but I scrolled through mindlessly. Noticing Orbitz was having a fall flight sale I clicked over and punched in the dates and times I had just been looking at over at US Airways. It searched for a moment, before pulling up a roundtrip flight with dates and times that worked, costing almost half the price of the ticket I had been about to buy on the other airline. It was the cheapest flight I’ve ever gotten between Philly and Portland in nearly five years of flying back and forth.
I bought the ticket, without any feeling of apprehension or worry in my stomach. That sense I had been picking up on wasn’t telling me I shouldn’t go, just that if I could just wait a half hour long I would get a better price on the ticket. It’s nice when the big stuff works out in life, but somethings having the little stuff flow smoothly is just as satisfying.
So, which horse are you betting on tomorrow? 😉
Thanks for sharing those pictures in the previous post. One of these years I’ll get back down to Tockwogh!
Can you go with me to buy my next car?
I do have a bit of a scooby sense when it comes to certain things. Apparently, plane tickets is just one of them. Although, Colin, I did get a really good deal on my last car…
Damn, nice job! US Air drives me nuts, but anything cheap is cheap!