Greetings! I was supposed to be on a plane right now to Connecticut to see family but I postponed since COVID is surging there. However, I did learn a few things from this experience:
1. Airfares between Los Angeles and New York are crazy expensive. I’m talking three to five times what they were a few months ago.
2. I have a JetBlue credit that is expiring next month. My ticket cost $35 more than what my credit was, so I was hoping that once I canceled my ticket, it would reset the whole credit. That wasn’t the case. Instead, my original credit is still expiring on the original date but I have a year to use the extra $35.
3. Even if I wanted to fly in Mint (JetBlue’s First Class) last minute, there were no seats available to New York City unless I was willing to make a stop in BOS or SFO.
4. Airfares are cheaper and planes aren’t as full out of Boston. I was going to fly back to L.A. from Boston and last-minute coach tickets on American (AA) were only $320 and business and first class were wide open (they fly the A321T on this route). So much so that they had systemwide upgrades available for Executive Platinum members.
5. Just before I clicked the purchase button for my BOS-LAX ticket, AA tried to entice me to upgrade to Business Class for $752. It was a hard no from me. But one minute after I purchased the ticket, I went into my reservation and noticed that American had offered me that same lie-flat, Business Class seat for $291 (see screenshot below).
It was enticing but since I have Executive Platinum status, where upgrades are free if space is available, I decided to roll the dice. I’m glad I didn’t take the bait because 43 minutes later (four days before departure), I received an email stating that my upgrade had cleared. See screenshot below:
So, although I didn’t make the trip to the east coast this weekend, I learned some tips and interesting things about airline algorithms.