Some freebies on the road


Thanks to United’s liberal airplane swapping policy we ended up without our first class seats on our flights to and from Oklahoma City this weekend.  The tickets we bought were instant upgrade seats that technically were coach fares, but we bought them for the first class cabin, not for coach.  A bit of prodding this morning at the counter, along with explaining that we really did need to fly OKC – DEN  – PDX – SFO – SNA instead of a more direct routing (“business” in Portland), resulted in getting a CR-1 upgrade voucher each.  This is my first United upgrade voucher and I’m still not sure exactly how to use it, but I’m looking forward to trying.

The other freebie of the weekend came courtesy of National Car Rental.  A few weeks back they loaded a coupon code into their systems that was supposed to be something like a free day – up to $50 – with a three day weekend rental.  The problem is that they didn’t actually load the details correctly.  The result was that it was just a $50 coupon with no minimums.  Once they realized their mistake they went back and cancelled out a lot of the reservations that were made with the code that shouldn’t have been there.  For some reason, however, my reservations never got tossed out.

When we showed up at the counter yesterday to pick up the car they guy actually thought it was a mistake and was trying to figure out what was broken in my reservation because it came up as a $0 rental.  No taxes, no surcharges, no fees.  Just $0.  He saw that there was a coupon and eventually handed me the car keys, still somewhat in disbelief.  Nineteen miles and about three hours later we returned the car and headed off to the hotel.  And it was still $0 for the rental.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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