A Vegas Mistake
Innocently enough last December I came across a mistake rate for the Venetian here in my hometown of Las Vegas. Knowing that it was fully cancelable, I decided to book it. After all a Strip View upgraded suite at the Venetian is an amazing deal for $43 all in.
While I didn’t forget about this reservation like with my New Year’s debacle in Chicago, for some reason I thought it was for late summer. Well thanks to Google stalking my emails and Trip It doing the same, two days ago I received pop-ups on my phone reminding me of a reservation for tonight 3/18. Uh oh.
By the time I found out, the reservation was past its cancel date, plus it would have been painful to cancel such an amazing rate. The only problem is that I just stayed on the Strip a few nights ago at the Aria for my birthday.
Since I am a total hotel nerd and have been wanting to stay at the Venetian forever, I ultimately decided to come check-in. My friend was able to get my wife and I tickets for the Blue Man Group and it should be a great night. (They actually moved me to an equivalent room in the newer Palazzo.)
The New Year’s situation and this one have taught me a lesson. I need to be more proactive about mistake rates. Yes the booking is archived in Trip It, but I rarely go into the app. Thus I have decided to change the way I do things from now on.
Since I am very active on my phone, I will now manually add in Google Calendar entries. A simple solution no doubt, but one I should have done a long time ago. Instead of two day warning, I figure I will put in a warning at 30 days out with several closer increments as well.
I also see this situation as sort of a blessing. Being able to stay at these two “five star” resorts within a couple of days should give me a unique perspective. I can already tell you that the staff here seems to be much friendlier than their Aria and even Bellagio counterparts.
Since I try to make every mistake a learning experience for both myself and you the reader, I thought I would open it up for your suggestions. How do you keep track of both your normal travel reservations and the crazy mistake rates/fares you book? Let me know in the comments.
Arrivederci from the Palazzo!