Our next adventure was started by an email from Airfare Watchdog. I had previously signed up on their site and randomly read the emails they send me about airfare from my local airport. This time when I read it I spied $88 round trip tickets from Detroit to Dulles. I looked at the dates but nothing that worked for me in Aug/ Sept.
A few days later I am reading another email from Airfare Watchdog and I see the same rate. This time I dug further into the dates and saw that late fall had some availability. Bingo! Daughter has fall break and I could get the time off work. I booked those tickets on Frontier before the day was over!
Do not wait too long and think that an airfare will stay at a low rate. For Frontier this seems to be a newer route for them so the price is still low, I got lucky that it was still offered pretty inexpensively! When I was last purchasing airfare the prices were changing by the hour while shopping for New York. If you see a good fare jump on it!
I am still ironing out hotels. Hotel prices seem to be running well above $200 a night and I just do not want to lay that kind of cash out for a few nights on a “cheap” trip! I need to look at my hotel point inventory better.
Club Carlson gives me a few options. There is a Country Inn and Suites out by Dulles but that is too far to commute each day (20 miles to the White House) but its only $129. There is the Radisson Largo which is starting at $173 a night but its almost a mile walk to the Metro station or waiting for their shuttle. Its 12 miles to the White House so a little further out than I still want to be. Or there is a Radisson near Reagan Airport in Crystal City. This hotel is 3 miles from the White House but its also $209 a night. I could use points for these instead of cash.
IF Marriott is offering the stay 2 times get a night free I might be looking their way. This seems to be a steady promotion but you never know for sure until the dates get closer. I need a night at the Detroit airport before we leave so that would get me two stays in the promo period easily.
The Courtyard Washington D.C. / Capital is $269 and a couple of miles to the White House. The FairField downtown is $239 a night. They are six blocks from the White House so that would be a pretty good location! I need to see how many points they take to book.
So a few things to nail down once I see the fall promotions being released. Earn the free hotel nights as you burn the nights.