Yesterday afternoon we began our journey back east. When I confirmed our reservation on Thursday, I saw that the flight had been oversold and thought to myself, "I wonder what kind of deal you get if you offer your seat?" Since it was the start of the vacation, we thought we'd find out when the deals were offered at the gate. Although we faced disappointing the kids and making them wait another day before heading out, we got the sweetest deal! For our six seats, we received $400 flight vouchers, three-star hotel and food vouchers for two meals, and an upgrade to first class seats on the next flight out!
We were given two rooms at the new Hyatt Place Home just three miles from the airport and they are beautiful! The food was excellent with huge portions and the best part was that Snowflake wouldn't be there to wake me up at 3 a.m. like she has for the past week. (I'm writing this around 5, though, because I couldn't sleep anymore. I guess she got me into a new habit.)
As we gathered for family prayer last night, we talked about how even though this didn't turn out the way they expected, this was another adventure they would never forget. Another essentials kit (a la our Italy trip), but something they would remember forever! And now, instead of just getting to Philly and going to bed, we get to go to Friendly's for dinner! Yippee!
As for the flight, having never been in first class before, I can't wait! John said it will be the worst thing that ever happened to us because we'll hate coach from now on. I'm almost hoping the flight home is oversold too and we can try to get another deal! Maybe that's what we'll do from now on!