Do you believe in miracles? Si! Refresh, refresh, refresh is all I did today. And just like waiting for final exam grades, the result of whether Iberia would honor the deal appeared. Unlike in school, where I would refresh the page out of disbelief that I had done so poorly, I refreshed the Iberia page to make sure the points were truly in my account.
A forever optimist, I began looking for flights yesterday in anticipation of this working out in my favor. As I wrote before, there is plenty of availability for us Puerto Rican residents going to Madrid in business. And there was plenty of availability for me to return to my new home even during the peak Europe travel months.
It cost $68.53 to fly to Madrid this August and $104.88 to return along with 80,000 avios points which cost $330 to buy and 20,000 of my own Avios points which were already in my account. Why 80,000 and not 90,000 you ask? For some reason, 10,000 promotional points did not post. Rather than being put on hold for an eternity and wait for that to be sorted, I pulled the trigger on the booking and will deal with that annoyance at a later date. If and when the 10,000 points do get credited, I’m not worried about using them before December as there are many AA flights from here to all over. The total cash out of pocket is higher than a normal points ticket but $500 round trip in business is still a great deal.
Initially, I didn’t want to participate in this promotion because I am so damn lazy. But after seeing post after post after post, I knew I didn’t want to be left out if it did work.
Finally, and most importantly, I get to go to Albania and quasi-honor a promise I made to
move visit there. (I’d rather break a promise and not pay federal income and state taxes by living in Puerto Rico than be a man of my word. America!)
Anyone else book already? Anyone else not get all their points? Who’s coming with me to Tirana! Brent? Trolls who voted for it?