I’m Willing to be Bumped
April 16, 2013
A friend has taught me to arrive at the check-in counter and offer my seat in exchange for a later flight. This worked in our favor when she and I traveled to Maine a few years ago. Due to a thunderstorm, our flight out of KCI to Maine was delayed. The airline used our tickets for someone else. However, we got on the same flight but were seated in first class. That was my first clue as to the benefits of this adventure.
Coming back through Chicago, we did the same thing. This time we were scheduled for a flight three hours later, given a voucher for a hundred twenty-five dollars, and again, put in first class. Last summer my niece booked my trip to Little Rock with her frequent flyer miles on Southwest. When we went to return on a Monday morning, she said, "Look, Mary, they’re offering a voucher if you delay your flight."
I took them up on the offer and waited until late afternoon to fly back to KC. Since I always have a book with me, it’s not a big deal. My voucher was for $310! In January, I used that voucher (it’s good for a year) and booked a flight to Los Angeles with a stopover in Phoenix on the way back. I did have to pay a fee of $20 for each leg of the journey, but what’s $60 compared to the cost of the ticket?
Now I must use the final $52 left on my voucher before June. Time to book another trip, perhaps to Wisconsin.
MCPL has many travel books located in the 917s that are helpful in researching your travel destination. Between those and my list of places I’ve seen on HG-TV’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, I can have an adventure worth talking about when I arrive home.
Here are a few key places I’ve seen or want to see:
- San Diego, California - San Diego Zoo
- Phoenix, Arizona - Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin West
- Little Rock, Arkansas - William J. Clinton Presidential Library
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum especially the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial at night
- Door County, Wisconsin - Cana Island Lighthouse
- Butte, Montana - Granite Mountain Mining Disaster Memorial
Adios! Au revoir! Bon voyage! Ta ta!