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Yesterday I highlighted some of my own “Best Of” travel moments of 2012. There are also some great moments shared by others in the comments section! No doubt that 2012 was good to many in the miles and points world as we got in on some great deals, had some fantastic redemptions, and really added to our points totals in a big way. Of course, not everything is sunshine and roses. There were some trips that didn’t go as planned, some deals that went belly-up, etc. So, this post is dedicated to the “Worst Of” in the miles and points world for 2012. Of course, this is all relative because in the grand scheme of things, how poorly can things really go in the world of almost free travel?!
Here are some of my own “Worst Of” moments when it came to travel in 2012:
January: After finishing up a fantastic snowy vacation at Beaver Creek, my family missed our morning flight back in Denver by about five minutes. It had dumped snow the night before, and the drive back through the mountains was both dangerous and slow…..and we apparently left at least 5 minutes too late. The nice United agents got us rebooked without penalty on a flight later that day, but that meant many hours with a two year old in the Denver airport. To make it more exciting, my husband had work he had to do that day, so we set up camp in the United Club and did our best to not annoy anyone too much. Naturally we could not get seat assignments together on our new flight, so we got to do some serious negotiating so that Little C wasn’t stuck sitting by herself. Fun times!
March: I flew solo with C to California, but almost didn’t make the trip because of a nasty cold. I sucked it up and enjoyed the time there, but on the flight home my ears and head had so much pressure I thought they were going to explode. A ill-timed “Code Brown” situation from the little one didn’t help matters. When we landed my ears still hurt and hadn’t popped….a month later they finally did. That was spectacular!
June: My whole family headed to the City of Sin, and my husband decided to reenact the scene in Vegas Vacation where Chevy Chase keeps hitting the ATM destined to turn his luck around against the “lucky” dealer. You can thank me for all your future free drinks in Vegas as I think we sponsored them all.
August: Little C and I headed East to meet up with some family at the Outer Banks. She did great with the early morning flight, but had hit a wall by the time we landed. The scene played out something like this…..her taking off unexpectedly at full force through the rental car parking lot, acting like a wild animal when I finally apprehended her (after abandoning my purse, our luggage, etc), flipping the luggage cart over and face planting on the concrete, and my own 60 minute epic struggle with the godforsaken car seat. This even was topped off with info from the rental car agency that my credit cards were declined. We finally found one that was accepted….in the end I don’t know what their issue was as the cards were just fine. I almost headed straight back to the airport for the next flight home. Instead, I called my husband and whined like a baby for 15 minutes before continuing on our journey. As is evidenced below I was not doing so hot after all that excitement.
September: Anniversary trip fail.
December: Ever since last New Year’s Eve I have been looking forward to taking my family to our favorite Hyatt resort for their New Year’s Eve carnival and festivities. It is a haven of family friendliness! However, Little C has shared her nasty germs with me, and now leaving the house is not a viable option. So, I had to call and cancel our trip (naturally after the 72-hour cancellation period). Like a moron I had booked a spa package for our first night, so since it was non-refundable I got to watch not only our reservations, but spa treatments go up in a puff of…….well, don’t ask what kind of puff they went up in. On the up side, this was to be the last stay I needed to re-qualify for Diamond status for next year, and they were gracious enough to at least check me into the room so I could get the much needed stay credit….hopefully they can give the pedicures to someone else. You will find me ringing in the New Year’s safe and sound in my own bed.
Enough about my family, here were some “Worst Of” moments in the broader miles and points world for 2012.
- No Grand Slam….still sad about that one. It didn’t even get a proper funeral.
- The 4 mile first class tickets to China that weren’t
- The quick death of the Vanilla Reloads at Office Depot once the Bluebird took flight
- The United merger IT and other problems
- The RGN mistake fare cancellations
Okay, what am I forgetting? What were your “worst of” moments for 2012? Don’t let me be the only one with a list of travel fails! I will be choosing some of the top “worst of” moments in the comments section as recipients for some hot and fresh Starbucks gift cards.