14 September 2013
Did anyone else catch the news about the United Airlines computer glitch that happened on Thursday? At the time, I was booking tickets to go and see my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Thinking about other trips we have coming up, I was curious and checked airline prices for a wedding we are still toying around with whether or not we'll be going on. You know, we are newlyweds and money doesn't exactly grow on trees. I really just wanted to see how much we needed to budget for in case we wanted to go. I typed in the information and my heart nearly stopped when I saw the price that came up:
$5 for a roundtrip ticket.
That canNOT be right.
At first I thought that perhaps it was because I had just bought tickets and they were offering a really odd deal. But I tried on another browser, and it still came up as $5. I took a picture of my computer screen and texted my dad at work.
I'm glad I did. My dad, smart man that he is, advised me to buy the tickets and see if they honor them. If not and they don't even give a refund, no big deal. It's only $10 (one roundtrip ticket for each of us). So...we did and waited with baited breath. Okay, perhaps not that dramatically, but you get the point. A couple of hours went by and I checked the website again, but this time the tickets were normal prices ($300-$400 range).
As of yesterday, we got the confirmation email, but I was still convinced we would have to pay the full price eventually. Seeing as we always pray about our finances, I know if it's a right idea for us to be at the wedding, nothing can get in the way of that. So really, either way, I wasn't all that concerned. But then, a Facebook friend who also bought $5 tickets during their two hour glitch posted a news story that they have decided to honor all the tickets they sold in the two hour window! While we still have hotels and rental cars to think about, it's pretty amazing that we get to go to this wedding and already have airline tickets that only cost $10.
This got me thinking about how many times have I doubted something good or thought it was "too good to be true." Shouldn't good be what we expect in every day life?
Perhaps that's going too deep since what we are talking about is a 2-hour computer malfunction that worked in my favor, but think about it. When I think about all the times that something incredible has happened over the course in my life - meeting my husband, being able to move across the country (twice), even getting into college before I got an acceptance letter - my first instinct has almost always been to try to protect myself from getting my hopes up.
Is doubting that there is good going on in the world really helping to make anyone happier?
Just something to think about...