We’ll Take Austin to Reno for $20, Alex!

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Today Grandpa Points brings you a story of how his morning unexpectedly went from toast and peaches to Lake Tahoe and Carson City all thanks to moving quickly on a limited-time travel deal.

We consider ourselves to be travelers. We enjoy the experience and the reward. We enjoy the trips that take long-term planning such as our venture to Alaska three years ago and our future visit to Hawaii scheduled for June of 2019. These long-range excursions require planning and attention to details, but also allow for a corresponding build-up of excitement and anticipation. They serve as the carrot at the end of the stick, something to look forward to and something to aim towards.


The opposite of that scenario just occurred in our traveling life. We are always alert for the good deal that pops up and forces impulse and spontaneity. The kind of serendipitous occurrence that makes a distant, back burner trip come to life or creates a new fantasy previously not imagined or expected. An example of this was a trip to San Francisco a few years ago that came out of nowhere due solely to a Frontier sale of $13.49 each way that we stumbled onto at the right time and in the right place.

This morning, while going through the daily influx of e-mails, we noticed Frontier Airlines was advertising flights as low as $20 each way. Such offerings frequently catch our eye and attention and we normally peruse the flight options and destinations that are available. We do this out of a general interest in flight deals, but also with a specific interest in certain routes that we keep on a ‘list’ for future visits. Most of the time, we come up empty-handed, but today we got our hands full and ended up with tickets in our pocket.

One of the $20 Frontier flights available was a nonstop flight from Austin to Reno. While our home is near Houston, we have a frequent fellow traveling sister that lives in Austin. We owe her a visit, so Austin became an acceptable base for an almost free flight to a destination that we have often considered returning to. We visited Reno maybe ten years ago. While we must admit that downtown Reno was not our most favorite and most comfortable area to visit, we really loved Lake Tahoe, Carson City and other venues that Reno gave access to. Our first sighting of Lake Tahoe was one of those hair-raising, spine-tingling moments that make travel inspirational and memorable. We have often expressed to others how breathtaking it was and how everyone should witness it for themselves. We have longed to go back.

And now, all because of a $20 fare, $38.40 round trip if we are being specific, we are indeed going back. We found dates that worked for us and passed the word to our Austin relative for her consideration. She voted in the affirmative, so the three of us are all booked to go thanks to a ridiculously good fare, good timing and seizing an opportunity that was presented to us.

We woke up this morning to beautiful and clear skies with nothing specific on our plate except breakfast toast and a cup of peaches. And now, a few hours later, we are looking forward to a buffet of travel delights on the shores of Lake Tahoe surrounded by the snow capped mountains of The Sierra Nevadas.

Ain’t life grand. Safe travels to all!

If you are interested in snagging one of the Frontier Airlines $20 fares, they are on sale until March 30th, for travel on select dates from 4/10/18 – 5/16/18. Along with the Austin – Reno route my dad booked, here are a few other examples of routes all available starting at $20 each way.

  • Austin – Buffalo
  • Austin – Providence
  • Minneapolis – Colorado Springs
  • Raleigh – Orlando
  • Omaha – Philidelphia
  • Oklahoma City – San Diego


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  1. I love it! Our travel plans often work the same way. My husband will get a text from me that says “How do you feel about going to DestinationX?”! And it’s never a good day when I find a good airfare just before bed. I’m so ramped up that I cannot sleep! 🙂

  2. “We consider ourselves to be travelers.”
    MP: How can you say that if you constantly travel to and stay at resorts. That’s where tourists stay and play as they seldom leave the resort to see what’s outside. IMHO, there’s a big difference between a “true” traveler and a tourist!

    • Queenie, I think you are making wide generalizations and stereotypes that are in my mind neither accurate nor necessary. You can headquarter out of a resort and explore or you can take different kinds of trips at different times. Judging travelers or traveling styles is not in my wheelhouse. That said, I didn’t write this post. As it says at the top, this post was written by my dad who almost never stays at a resort and spends almost all of his traveling time exploring.

      • My apologies to your Dad as I assumed you wrote this. From his previous posts I must admit he IS indeed a traveler. As for my previous resort travel comments, I stand by them and beg to differ with you.

      • I agree with you on this. Staying at a resort doesn’t exclude you from doing other travels. Nor does it pigeon-hole you to being a tourist. Part of seeing and experiencing the world is doing things how you best learn in your own style and manner.
        As always, I enjoy Grandpa Points’ post and his great style and way with words.

  3. For a good restaurant recommendation in Reno, give The Gas Lamp a try. On our last trip to Reno, we found this small, neighborhood place, and were very happy with it. Its located a short drive from the downtown area, on S.Virginia, somewhat limited parking, but good food, and apparently a popular happy hour, although when we arrived one minute after the cutoff time, we were told happy hour was over. Period, which I thought was a bit poor customer relations. Other than that, it was a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of all the big time and overpriced joints downtown.

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