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Wanderlust Wednesday: Free Trips and First Class

This just in: I officially have enough Delta Sky Miles to go anywhere in the continental USA!
I am also 1,000 miles away from having a free flight on Continental (read: my favorite domestic airline!!!) And luckily for me, you can buy 1,000 miles for a mere $50 – so i’ll be doing that shortly! Because $50 is close enough to free in my opinion (when i haven’t found a flight for less than $175 in the past year).
Which means all of my time and money going into these companies may have finally paid off – i get to go on two trips for free.
Free!!!!!!!(ok, plus $50)
Ok sorry. Hello. Back to reality 🙂
On another free trip alert: Delta royally screwed up my flight back from Wichita . They overbooked my flight by 15 people, and didn’t have another available flight back from Wichita to Ft Myers until 4 days later.

Not cool, Delta.

I found a flight out of OKC the next morning, and came to Delta with my plan – and told them i’d like to be compensated for my time and trouble….. they appreciated my proactive approach and gave me the following:

First Class from OKC – ATL // ATL – RSW.
and $400 in FLIGHT CREDIT.
Thank you Delta! You can mess up again if you want to 🙂

First Class – my first time in first class, might i add – was cool. This was pretty much what happened.
Sat down in my larger, extra leg room: Ooo. This looks cozy. But i’m 5’2” – does it look like i need much extra leg room?
Attention from Flight Attendants: Yes, a water prior to take off would be lovely. And you’ll put my bag in the overhead bin for me? Muchos gracias.
Unlimited Free Drinks: it was a 6am flight. i felt obligated to get a Bloody Mary. but i already had 3 Free Delta Drink Tickets… so i didn’t really need it. But i guess i can use those on my next flight 🙂
Flight Attendants Checking on you every 5 min: I’m fine!!!! I just got here! Leave me alone i don’t need another drink. Oh, but that free banana and bag of Sun Chips look nice. Thanks!

and this was all prior to take off.

i felt very fancy! and it was comfortable with my complimentary blanket and pillow in my extra large seat.
but i’d never ever ever pay more than a $50 upgrade charge to do it; average domestic round trip first class tickets are 60-75% more expensive than normal flights – and all you get is about $25 in added value.

maybe $50, if you keep the drinks flowin.

My pepperless bloody mary.

But a very cool experience nonetheless 🙂

Now – where to go with my 2 freebies and $400? Any suggestions?
Unfortunately none of this is applicable to foreign travel…. so looks like i’m keepin it States side!

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  • Reply livingissimple1

    LOMA LINDA CALIFORNIA.
    that is where you should come/go with those vouchers. in fact, i heard you're looking for a new place to live. you can just get a one way. i'll share my bed.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm
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