My mistake fare airline ticket mistake

I visualized much of 2015 about how I would be luxuriating on the exotic island of Borneo at the Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu today in the western Pacific of Malaysia, southeast Asia. In my kind of eastern Pacific, west coast California life, the signs were all wrong to fly to Kuala Lumpur this week on a $389 round trip Delta fare out of San Jose, California.

I canceled my mistake fare airline ticket.

My mistake fare airline ticket mistake

Of course, I did not consider when I bought the ticket in April 2015 that this week in November would be the one year anniversary for the death of my wife’s mother and her memorial service.

Of course, I did not consider that flying to the other side of the world this week would have any more significant meaning in my absence from Kelley than flying any other week in 2015.

Of course, I did consider $389 from California to Kuala Lumpur looked like a mistake fare. Of course, I had to be quick on the mouse before the fare disappeared, which it did a couple hours later.

Loyalty Traveler – Fare Alert Delta $389 San Jose SJC KUL Kuala Lumpur [fare gone] (April 16, 2015)

I booked a $389 round trip Delta Airlines ticket flying San Jose SJC – Tokyo Narita NRT – Taipei TPE (overnight) – Kuala Lumpur (6 nights) – Taipei (overnight) – Tokyo NRT – San Jose SJC. I also booked and canceled a 4-night award stay at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, where I had imagined I would be sleeping tonight.

Of course, I can hear Kelley’s voice in my head, even though she never actually said these words:

“Of course, you didn’t think this week might be a good time to stay at home. You are a guy.”

Of course, this is not the first time I have made a mistake buying a mistake fare airline ticket.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. Been there done that. Having an open schedule myself, not caring about major holidays or significant dates I have to be super mindful when buying tickets that far in advance.

  2. A better option would have been to book your wife on the flight too, You got this to remember her 🙂

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