MoolahMonkey

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(with my fiance and her family at The Old Mecklenburg Brewery)

A couple weeks ago I went on my first trip to North Carolina.

I booked this trip about 3 weeks before going and it could’ve easily cost me over $400 round trip, but I was able to pay $80.60 out of pocket.

To get this price, I did have a 1 stop each way, but it wasn’t so bad.

My flight from SFO > CLT with a 1 hour 20 minute layover in Chicago costs a total of $80.60. I was able to get this price by using 12,500 points from my United MileagePlus account. It also comes with 1 free checked in bag since I have the United MileagePlus Explorer Chase Card.

A couple days before my flight I got notice of the storm hitting the Northeast. I got an email from United that looked like this:

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Fuck flying to Chicago, so I called United and they were able to reroute me to Newark, New Jersey before heading to Charlotte.

The day before my flight, I got another email saying the storm reached New Jersey (fml!), so I called United again and they rerouted me to IAD, Washington D.C.

A few hours after this call, I got another notification the storm is going to hit D.C. I called again and they tried to reroute me Houston, but all flights were full.

I decided to YOLO this out, and try to fly to DC. I do have to give credit to United for managing their customers and the storm. They rescheduled my flight 2x at no charge.

I also managed to save $50 on a Lyft ride. My friends and I went to happy hour after work, and my homie Sam gave me a ride to SFO after.

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I love TSA Pre check (unless they tell me to take off my belt)

 

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Got Boarding Group 2 with my United MileagePlus Chase Card (above)

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(I had to check out Bojangles!)

For my flight home, I went with Southwest and booked a flight from CLT to OAK, with a short layover in Houston. This cost me a total of $5.60 out of pocket and 12,525 Southwest points. The bonus points from Southwest Rapid Rewards Chase Card definitely come in handy.

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Waiting to board at the gate (above)

Here’s a summary:

Flights Out of Pocket Points used
SFO to CLT $80.60 12,500
CLT to OAK $5.60 12,525

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Everyone is treated equally on Southwest lol (above)

When I finally got home, I decided to take Bart from Oakland Airport to my apartment in Fremont for the first time.

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Waiting for AirBart to get the Oakland Coliseum BART Station (above)

Aside from waiting out in the cold, waiting for the airtrain (AirBart) and getting to a BART station was real easy. Tip: Google maps is your friend.


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Total cost for the trip home from Oakland airport was $15.30. Not bad in comparison to taking Uber/Lyft directly home which could’ve ranged from $25 – $50. Also, I could’ve walked home from Bart, but it was already past midnight and hella cold outside.

Here’s a summary:

Out of Pocket Expense
BART (Oakland > Fremont) $10.25
Uber (Bart station > Home) $5.05

 

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(picture of my Wal-Mart fake carbon fiber luggage lol)

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