I Made a Costly Mistake – Twice!

We all make mistakes. But we learn from the mistake we make and hopefully we don’t repeat the same mistake again. Well, this is what happened to me. I made a big mistake – a costly one.

I don’t have any specific rules on when to book a trip. My philosophy is to book a trip when there is a fantastic deal that you just can’t pass. I’ve booked a trip 360 days in advance, but I’ve also booked a trip a few hours before the scheduled departure time. So it all depends on the need and the value.

This has been a slow month for me as my mom is visiting for a couple weeks in September. I don’t have any trip planned in October unless there is a last-minute one that I may take. That said, November and December will be my peak time for travels.

Back in February, there was a Turkish Airlines fare sale event in the Philippines. Since I switched my business from American to Turkish, I thought it would be a good opportunity to earn their miles. My goal is to reach their highest status tier so I can get two systemwide upgrades annually. I will write a separate post on this.

During the event, there was a promo fare on flights departing out of Manilla. You could fly to any U.S. cities within Turkish’s network $1900 round-trip in business class. I thought it was a pretty decent fare for > 48 hours on a lie-flat seat including Turkish’s famous candlelight dining by DO&CO. Not to mention Turkish will also provide a free hotel stay in Istanbul if the layover falls within a certain window. So without hesitation, I booked this flight.

The Mistake

So what’s the mistake? Every year, Thanksgiving day always falls on the fourth Thursday of November. In the past 3 years, Thanksgiving day always fell between November 22-24. Naturally, when I was booking this ticket, I assumed Thanksgiving day in 2019 falls on Thursday, November 21.

Great! I thought.

I proceeded with the booking and decided to fly on Wednesday the 20th. That means I will only have to take 3 days off November 20, 25, and 26.

Big mistake!

A few days later after everything was finalized, I looked at the calendar again.

OMG. I almost had a heart attack!

I realized Thanksgiving this year falls on November 28. Who would’ve thought! So instead of having to take 3 days off, I would need to take 6 days off. That’s a lot – at least for me because not only I lose my work hours, but I also mess up my overall planning.

Well, you would think you learned from the first mistake – I did it again!

Our office is usually closed between Christmas and New Year. This year, Christmas day falls on Wednesday. I thought we would be off between Wednesday, December the 25th amd Wednesday, January 1.

So I booked my ultimate trip of the year to New Zealand, Fiji, and Nepal. I will be out of the country between December 25 and January 6. It turned out our office will be closed starting the Monday before Christmas. That means I could have started my journey from Friday evening on December 20 instead.

*Facepalm*

From all these stupid mistakes that can easily be avoided, I’s better not repeat the same one for the third time.

Conclusion

I learned my lesson in a hard way – I hope. So I do not want you to make the same mistake I did. It’s costly for sure. Now I have to think about what to do during Thanksgiving since I will be back in the States the day before Thanksgiving. Perhaps throw a firstofly turkey party? It may not be a bad idea after all.

Happy Sunday!

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