"Oh, I don't know. How much did you pay?" -- They'd blithely reply, maybe with their attention slowly drifting.
"Oh, just $680! That's direct, on Delta, JFK to Tokyo including taxes!" -- This exclamation would usually be accompanied by my doing a little happy hopping in place, while staring intently at them, waiting for the shocked reply that always followed:
"What?! How'd you manage that?!"
Indeed, how did I manage that? It's not a complicated story and it doesn't involve any frequent flyer miles wheeling and dealing or sacrificing of anything except plain old regular money (or rather, credit card). Way, way back on the 1st or 2nd of April of this year, @Travelzoo tweeted a deal so good I couldn't believe my Twitter feed. If you could fly that weekend, you could have Delta's direct flight to Tokyo from JFK roundtrip for a total of $425. My mind reeled. Could I do it? But no, I have this thing called work.
But alas, if you booked the flights for October, you could do it for only $680, taxes and everything included. Could I do that? Heck yes! I hadn't been to Tokyo before and the prep time of many months would be well worth paying the extra $260. And Tokyo in autumn? I was clicking the "Confirm Itinerary" button before I had even had my coffee.
And now you askas did my friendswait, how come I didn't know about this? Ah, but it's not like I kept it to myself. I retweeted it, I emailed my contacts with the deal, and as previously mentioned, I told random people at delis. One of my friends, who just happens to be Japanese, took both deals. She flew to visit her grandmother that weekend for $425, and returned last month with her husband for some Mt. Fuji hiking at the sweet price of $680 round-trip for each of them.
And what have I learned from this, and what should you learn from this? Twitter can be a life-enriching thing, if you play on it correctly. Follow the accounts that relate to your goals, and as always, give @Jaunted a follow, because you never know what awesomeness we'll be tweeting and retweeting. ;)
[Photo: arriving to Tokyo-Narita at dusk, Jaunted]