Altering Our New Orleans Plans- We’re Heading to BAcon

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In late January I wrote about a trip being planned to New Orleans. Kim and I were pretty excited to be heading there. I got to visit N.O. years back for work but didn’t get to explore too much and this would be Kim’s first time.

About a week after I wrote my post I got an invite by e-mail to a very interesting event taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The event is called BAcon or BoardingArea Conference.

Well you might ask- What is BoardingArea?
BoardingArea is a travel blog aggregator site which hosts some of the best frequent flyer blogs all in one place. I check many of the BoardingArea blogs on a daily basis to find out what’s going on in the points & miles world.

Once I read a little more about BAcon, I knew had to go. I could not pass up this opportunity! The event will be a true learning experience. The main purpose of the event is to “better the education and experience of the blogger”.

The majority of attendees will be BoardingArea bloggers. I was fortunate to be one of the select few guest bloggers to be invited.

I am always looking to learn and grow as a blogger so this seemed like the perfect education I could get to help improve Michael W Travels.

Changes to plans:

The Flight:
Luckily our flight from New York to New Orleans was on Southwest Airlines. I love Southwest for some of their customer-friendly policies like free checked luggage and free flight cancellations.

Once I confirmed my spot at BAcon I went to Southwest and cancelled my original New York to New Orleans flight. I then had to book flights to get from New York to Colorado and Colorado to New Orleans.

Southwest does not fly to Colorado Springs so we will fly in and out of Denver.

I booked two flight using Southwest points:

  • New York (LGA) to Denver (DEN)- 6,240 points (purchase price $115)
  • Denver (DEN) to New Orleans (MSY)- 6,840 points (purchase price $125)
Thanks to my Companion Pass, Kim gets to fly for free and Lucas does too as a lap baby (he’s still under 2).
Besides using a small amount of points, we also had to pay a tax of $5 per flight for Kim and I for a total cost of $20.
The Hotel:

BAcon takes place at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort which is also where we will be staying during our time in Colorado.

Car Rental:
I booked our car rental with Hertz and used a couple of codes that I saw in a post by Boarding Area blog Deals We Like. The 3 day car rental should come to around $73 including taxes and fees.

We’re arriving in Denver around 10AM so we might try to check out the city for an hour or so and grab something to eat before driving to Colorado Springs.

I’m looking forward to attending BAcon, learning some new tricks and meeting lots of like- minded, travel obsessed people.

On that note, here is a little Bacon News:
Pearl Cantrell, 105 year old woman says bacon is key to longevity- Read about it HERE.

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