August 19th 2021

Today I tried to book another trip. More accurately, I tried to rebook the same trip.

A few days ago I booked a trip to Latvia with some friends.

A couple days ago I realised that I’m on a training course at the same time I booked my trip for.

You can see the issue.

I’d checked if I had that weekend free, but I didn’t think to check if I’d be free from work commitments. Realistically, I probably chose the only two days in the calendar year that I couldn’t do. Nice one, James.

My boss described it as “particularly uncool” which is about as assertive as she’d get over something like this. My friends are naturally annoyed that I didn’t do the admin of checking if I was actually free or not. I’m also pretty annoyed.

And so, I spent my evening trying to rectify it and move our flights. The thing is, I’m not sure it’s worth it. I spent an hour on hold to the place we booked it through only to be told I had to go directly to the airline, and then…

  • The airline said I could only change flight times by calling up
  • The cost would be £20 per person per flight.
  • There would be a £15 admin fee on top.
  • Calls to the airline would cost £1.46/min

So all in all, it would cost me about £100 to change flights which only cost us £78 all in in the first place.

And so… I’m just gonna buy three new flights. I’ll cover the cost because it was my fault, but it seems easier that way than paying more than the cost of the original flight to change it.

And so the flight which should have cost me £25 is now costing me £100 all in. Oh well. You live and you learn, or so I’m told.

It’s been mentioned to me “you made a mistake, and it will teach you to check next time” but, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this and you know me personally, you’re not actually that surprised by this are you?

Until tomorrow, I just tried to book the new flights and the bank declined my card.


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