"How?! Wait, what!? HOW?!" (I'm sure you're asking yourself right about now)
WAIT, I'LL TELL YOU.
If you read my post about how to travel like a pro, you know about Airfare Watchdog. I've been receiving their emails for a while now, and one day I saw a flight to Chicago out of LAX for $100. And I thought to myself - sure sounds like a darn great reason to go visit my college roommate in the Windy City! So I decided to book it.
"But wait, she said 50 dollars, not 100..." (am I in your head yet?)
You're exactly right. So, here's where I got stealthy.
Instead of booking the flight directly through Airfare Watchdog, I found out what airline was running the deal (Fronteir) and went to Capital One's website.
"Capital One? This doesn't make any sense." STAY WITH ME.
I have Capital One's Venture card, and I've been banking miles since I snagged 40,000 with my newcomer's perk. Right now I have around 62,000 miles that I'm saving for my flight to Thailand (but now I'm thinking...maybe Vietnam?) so I try not to dip into them. But on this occasion, I was thinking - $50 in miles is a drop in the bucket right now. So I can either pay $100 for a ticket, or I can pay $50 if I use that drop in the bucket. So I decided on the latter.
If you're serious about budget travel - look into the Venture card! I'm so glad I got it, and I really do feel like I just watch my points roll in every month (disclaimer: I use it for almost everything). But the card has some great perks and the points program is on point.
For a brief second I thought, "Maybe I should see if I can stay under 50 dollars of expenses for the weekend!" But then I had a better idea: I'll just go nuts with the money I didn't spend on a plane ticket instead.
Stay tuned for highlights from my Chicago trip!