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Win, win, win…with just a little delay!


When Princess and I arrived at the airport on Saturday to begin our trek to Texas, we were immediately told that our flight was delayed. And we already had a pretty tight layover in Dallas on our way to Austin. But if you travel much, you know that’s kind of par for the course so we just figured we would deal with it when ?we had too.

Then as we were waiting for boarding, they started announcing that our flight was overbooked and asking for volunteers to give up their seats…they needed three. They were offering $125 future travel voucher. We continued to wait for boarding.

As time went on, they kept asking for volunteers and finally they needed two volunteers and were offering $650 travel vouchers…can you guess what Princess and I did?

Yup! After I checked with her, explained it would entail us hanging out here at the Atlanta Airport a bit longer…I walked right up and gave away our seats. We got $1,300 for our two seats. I paid $22 for these tickets (used points.)

Hanging out at the airport waiting on our flight and holding tight to our two $650 vouchers!

Now I realize that American Airlines tickets are pretty pricey compared to Southwest, which we typically fly. But for $1,300, it was definitely worth a few more hours of sitting there. And I worked the whole time, so it was a win, win!

Instead of getting to Austin at 4pm CST, we got here at 8pm CST…and have $1,300 towards future travel for absolutely free. I can’t see any downside!

Here’s looking to future travel! I love having something like this to look forward too! Have you ever had a similar travel story? Where you walked away with vouchers or upgrades that excited you?

Staycation with My Girl


It’s official, school is over for the school year…well, at least for Princess. The twins are back up and running for the summer semester.

Princess ended her semester not only with a full load of high school classes completed, but also two college classes. And her lowest final grade…96!  She took 150% of the credits of most high school students and aced them all!

But she did have some setbacks here at the end, not tied to her grades. And frankly we are both relieved that the stress and schedule of the school year is over. I am so glad that I decided we needed a Staycation to celebrate.

Here’s our plan…

  • Booked a hotel with a pool using points for two nights.
  • Went to the library and checked out a large stack of books (Princess and I both have a large stack.)
  • Packed pjs and swimsuits.
  • Packed some snacks and sandwich makings.

We are not going to the beach, but we have a beautiful pool!

And we are off. Leaving the twins home because they have work and school. Sea Cadet is dropping us off at the hotel and then picking us up in two days…

I am over the top excited about this down time, some quality reading time and some one on one quality time with my girl. She’s got some big decisions to make for next year, and while there is no rush at this point, I do want to be available to talk things over as she rolls them around in her head.

So I’m signing off work, my daily life and my hustle for a couple of days to recoup and spend some quality and free time with my girl. I’m sure I will return with a variety of new creative ideas for work and renewed energy to take on the slower summer schedule! How are you kicking your summer off?