Booking my ticket…
I have a very close friend who lives there. Here family was sweet enough to let me stay with them for the holidays. My friend was in town last week when I asked, as well as her mother. (I actually grabbed a drink with her mom last night!) My friend wanted to just double check with her dad and sister.
Ever ambitious me decided to book my ticket before she asked. I booked through Norwegian, and got a pretty good deal. I use airfarewatchdog, itamatrix, and google flights, and expedia to check flights. It is important to use several search engines. Case in point: Norwegian’s prices only showed up through expedia.
I’ve never flown Norwegian but I liked the fact that I could refund a US ticket within 24 hours. So I booked my ticket, and that’s when my friend told me she needed to check with her family. CANCEL! Oddly enough I was only able to cancel the leg to Stockholm via computer, and called (thanks google voice) to cancel the ARN-JFK leg. This caused a bit of a hiccup with my credit card, as the one leg was refunded immediately and the other went through and took up available credit. Luckily AMEX took care of everything.
So Monday, I was expecting a call from my friend to book my flight. Looking back, I should have just kept the original flight and booked a hotel on the 24th. Because the world is ruled by Murphy’s Law, I was in the middle of a 5 mile hike/rock climbing bonding adventure with my colleagues. This is not something I wanted to do-especially when it takes 6 hours.
I’ve hiked before, and I love adventures, but all I wanted to do was sit in bed, with a box of cookies, and watch Downton Abbeby.
so the call come through- I get the ok to land on the 24th and… I HAVE NO INTERNET.
Long story- when I eventually got service, I was sitting in a tree booking my flight.
Totally worth it. Stockholm here I come!
P.S. With the price of a bag and reserving a seat (first row economy) the ticket came out to be $720!