To L.A. for Thanksgiving

I just booked my tickets to L.A. for Thanksgiving. This year, we are having Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad’s house. Doug, Rachel, Ruby, Carson, Jen and Jason will all be flying in. I’ve been holding off on buying the tickets because they are pretty expensive right now, but I bought them today for fear that the prices wouldn’t come down any further. Granted, I could have probably bought tickets on another airline, but it makes sense to me to only fly United because that’s where all my miles are, my upgrade credits, my Red Carpet membership, etc. It’s the price I pay for those benefits. This time, that price was $468 round-trip from Dulles to LAX, which is about $100 more than what I paid for essentially the same trip over Labor Day weekend.

In any event, I’ve got my e-tickets. I leave for L.A. at 8 AM on Thursday morning (Thanksgiving Day) and arrive just before 11 AM. I’ll see if Doug can pick me up from the airport in the fashionable minivan he will be renting for his trip. I head home on the red-eye, Saturday night, at 10:20 PM. That means I can drive home Sunday morning and go right to sleep.

Incidentally, this is the trip that will, for the fifth or sixth year in a row, guarantee another full year of United Mileage Plus Premier membership (I’ll likely end the year with somewhere around 30,000 miles flown.)