I had an email from British Airways offering special prices for 3 days. This came in yesterday, so I was checking out flights last night. It was too late with the 5 hours difference to check with my daughter.
Therefore, this morning I sent details of this flight, and also one changing in Atlanta, Goergia, but going to Birmingham that is close to where they live.
I also went into multi-stops so that I could do the British Airways to Gatwick, and the Gatwick to Birmingham. This one came up full price, which was almost $3,000 in basic economy. So that one was out.
My daughter and I Facetimed late morning, and I asked if I booked the B.A. one to Gatwick, would they be able to book their end the flight to Birmingham, as if I added it, the price tripled. My son-in-law said that he wanted the cheapest, and easiest one for me. I told him that it didn’t have to be the cheapest, but I wanted a realistic price. We went with the B.A. direct flight. I said that I wouldn’t book the basic economy, and go for the upgrade to the basic premium, which allows for 2 checked bags, and 8 inches more leg room, as well as a wider seat. It’s 2, 4, and 2, instead of 3 sets of 3. The basic I believe was 800-900 dollars, and the premium $1,800. I did have Avios points to help out with it too.
I can remember 14 years ago paying over $2,000 for the B.A. economy flight, so was happy to pay the extra. After tomorrow the upgraded one would be $3,000, so I am very happy achieving this.
Basic economy only had hand luggage as well as the tight seats. Each bag if booked prior to travel costs $175 if checked in, and $200 the day of travel. That alone could put $800 on top of the economy price.
I will miss my granddaughter’s 18th birthday on Tuesday, but I quickly spoke to her today, and said that Grandma would be there for all of the Easter holidays. I have booked 3 weeks to be with them. I can’t believe this is really happening, because being a 24/7 caregiver to Len, I couldn’t leave him overnight, and he couldn’t travel.