Tuesday, October 26, 2010

You are now free to move about the country

Next January 28-30 is the SCBWI Winter Conference for 2011. Knowing I definitely wanted to attend, I signed up for the conference the very hour registration opened up on October 6th. But until today I wasn't entirely sure what my travel plans were going to be.

Well, check another item off my To-Do list, because I finally booked my flight!

There's something to that whole Patience is a Virtue thing. When I originally checked flights from Nashville to NYC, the lowest fare I could find was United at around $360 roundtrip. Granted, I don't fly often, but that didn't exactly scream "bargain" to me, and I am always looking for a good deal.

Y'all be flyin' somewhere?
Credit: Southwest Airlines
This afternoon I was browsing Slickdeals.net (one of my favorite bargain-hunting sites -- check it out!) and noticed that Southwest Airlines was offering some seriously good deals if you booked by October 28th and traveled between January and February. Well, well, well, isn't that convenient?

Long story short, I was able to book two roundtrip fares for a grand total of $322. Not each. Total.

My traveling companion will be a good buddy of mine, a very talented artist originally from NYC who now lives here in Nashville. I'm eager to get to the SCBWI conference. He's eager to visit his old neighborhood. We've been friends since we were 10 years old, so that virtually guarantees a good time. He knows New York inside and out, whereas I haven't been there in a decade. (My knowledge of NYC geography is pretty much limited to what I gleaned from Spider-Man comics.) To top it all off, a mutual friend of ours, and former Nashville resident, now lives in the city, so we're all looking forward to the mini-reunion.

I love it when a plan comes together.

If you're familiar with NYC and know of any good restaurants or points of interest, please let me know in the Comments section. Our itinerary gives us 2 extra days to bum around the city, and I'm eager to be entertained and well fed!


  1. I'm excited for you! Sounds like a fantastic trip and something to look forward to just when the winter seems to start dragging. At least for me.

    I will ask my daughter-in-law about good restaurants. She's a walking great-food encyclopedia, so if she has some recommendations, I'll be back.... :)

  2. Yeah, I was surprised at how reasonable the fare was. Glad I waited!

    Looking forward to her recommendations!

  3. And bags fly free!
    I only travel Southwest. You can also pay an extra ten dollars to be moved to the front of the line when bording, too.

  4. Noticed that when I booked online, so I chose the option. When I fly Southwest, I like to sit in the "lounge" so pre-boarding or preferred boarding is important to me. I just love that they still ask me, "In an emergency, are you able to open that door?" because I always reply with, "I dunno, let me find out."