On Christmas Day, Kim, Lucas and I got up at around 3:25 AM to get ready to head to the airport for our flight to Jamaica. (Well Lucas didn’t exactly wake up…)
(Our flight to Jamaica would bring us to Atlanta for a quick stop of around an hour or so before heading on to Montego Bay.)
While on the way to the airport I came across a very interesting tweet from The Points Guy.The tweet was from 3:31AM and I saw it when I got into our car service at 4:00AM. I skimmed over the info but it was way too early for me to focus and/ or annoy Kim about booking another trip.
When we got through security at LaGuardia, I went back to reading The Points Guy post again. At the bottom I noticed that the deal was actually found by none other than The Flight Deal. (I guess it should’ve have been a surprise considering all of the amazing deals they’ve found and shared over the past few years.)
I decided to do a search for a couple of dates we had available to fly in the upcoming year but came up with nothing. This probably had a lot to do with the fact that we couldn’t fly Monday-Thursday during those dates.
I slept during most of our LGA-ATL flight and couldn’t get the deal (mistake) out of my mind.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat in Atlanta at The Original El Taco, a place that I read about due to Eater’s Airport Dining Guides. (BTW- I would’ve preferred Chic-fil-A if it was open.)
While sitting down to eat I decided to look into the airfare deal once again.
From all that I had read about these deals, I didn’t notice anyone mentioning availability over the summer and figured it was worth a shot.
I first checked for the very end of June into July 4 without any luck… Strike 1
I then decided to look into this deal for our annual end of summer trip. (Kim and I both work 6 weeks over the summer since we teach special education. This gives us the last two weeks of August off give or take.)
I did searches for destinations that I’d most like to go to (or back to) from what was available and came up with one option! Would this be a home run???
The one place I found availability for was Abu Dhabi.
I’ve been to the UAE (Dubai) but Kim and Lucas haven’t so this was a good option. We could also use Abu Dhabi as a place to connect to another country or 2 in the region during this trip.
Now I know most people would avoid the UAE in August due to the extreme heat however my visit to Dubai was in August (2009) and it turned out just fine.
Next step was seeing if Kim would be OK with me booking flights for another trip while we were in the middle of getting to the destination of our current one!
Well it took a couple of minutes of convincing but Kim, Lucas and I will be heading to Abu Dhabi and beyond in August 2015!
At this point, with 2015 just days away, most of our travels for the upcoming year are already booked. Well at least the flights are!
I want to thank The Flight Deal for continuing to find such incredible deals. I also have to thank The Points Guy for spreading the word about this latest deal. If not for a simple tweet from TPG, I would’ve probably arrived in Jamaica without a great deal on a flight to Abu Dhabi.
For those of you curious about what I booked, here are the details:
We’re flying JFK-Abu Dhabi:
- New York (JFK)-Manchester (MAN) (operated by AA)
- Manchester (MAN)- Abu Dhabi (AUH) on Etihad
- Abu-Dhabi (AUH)-Paris (CDG) on Etihad
- Paris (CDG)- New York (JFK) (operated by AA)
The cost for our 3 tickets came to a total of $697.60 ($232.53 per ticket)
Now I’m just wondering if my flight could earn AAdvantage miles?
Did any of you book an amazing airfare deal on Christmas Day? If so, where are you heading?