We were supposed to be able to fly to Texas for free over Thanksgiving. I had 40,000 miles in my NWA WorldPerks account and an E-cert code that would allow me to purchase round trip tickets for 19,000 miles apiece. Keith had 13,000 miles in his NWA account plus we had 22,000 miles in our credit card flight rewards account - more than enough for a normal round trip ticket. Abby would fly free before her second birthday. Better yet, NWA doesn't have black-out dates like United does - we had trouble flying over the holidays last year because of that!
Or so I thought.
First, I discovered that while there are no actual blackout dates over the holidays, the WorldPerks seats for each flight are limited and therefore SOLD OUT far in advance. That limited our travel to the first two weeks in November or the first two weeks in December. Nothing that remotely approached an actual holiday.
So we switched the plan to travelling between Thanksgiving and Christmas, deciding to just grin and bear all the extra vacation days we'd have to use up. We'd try to fly before Abby's December 5 birthday, maybe even celebrating her birthday in Texas.
Except that when you read the fine print, an infant only flies free when accompanying a paying adult. Keith using WorldPerks miles didn't qualify. Oh, well - we decided we'd pay for his ticket so that Abby could fly free.
Except that infants only fly free if they complete travel before their second birthday. Letting Abby turn two in Texas would necessitate buying her a ticket. BUT we couldn't fly before her second birthday because anything that would get us home before December 5 was a "not-really-blacked-out-just-sold-out" date for WorldPerks.
So we'll still go December 4-9, only we'll have to buy Abby a ticket. But Keith should be able to use his miles now, right?
Nope. Apparently I misread the credit card fine print too. 22,000 credit card reward miles does NOT equal 22,000 WorldPerks miles. Instead, it equals a measly $150 travel credit.
So we got two free tickets through my WorldPerks account and have to pay for two. Could be worse. And it is.
Because we have to pay $52 in taxes for each free ticket.
So much for our free trip.