As I mentioned in
THIS post, I recently got tickets to OPRAH!! I have dreamed of going my entire life. My goal in life was to actually be ON her show, but once she announced her final season I started expanding my goal a bit and worked for months simply to be in her audience. After countless tries, I finally got tickets.
They were last-minute tickets, and I only had 4 days to figure out how I was going to get to Chicago (1300 miles away!) with a baby, my friend and her baby, on little-to-no budget. It wasn't easy, folks.
Our journey was absolutely wild and crazy, and was one of the best trips of my life for sure. I learned a lot from my Oprah show journey, so today's tips are things that I learned en route to Oprah!
I immediately went to Facebook and posted:
OK I NEED MAJOR HELP!! I finally got on Oprah after a lifetime of trying! However…Turns out when you try to fly 1300 miles with only 4 days notice, flights are $$$$ RIDICULOUS. Does anyone have any hookups or tips as to how we can get 2 flights to Chicago for a reasonable price????? Buddy passes? Hook-ups? Deals?
Within 22 minutes an acquaintance of mine said she works for Skywest and got my friend and I two Buddy Passes. We ended up paying $300 round trip for a flight, rather than $700+ from the cheapest airline we could find. So easy!
Next, I needed help with hotels. I posted:
Everyone is amazing! Thanks for all the tips! Got a great price on flights thanks to Rachael! Now…does anyone know of a cheap place to stay in Chicago?? It's for Oprah, people!
I had 8 comments (within minutes) of people from Chicago (or people who had been there before) telling me where to go, people giving me links to cheap websites, tips, addresses, everything I needed to get a discounted hotel!
It cost me nothing, and took nearly no time at all. USE SOCIAL MEDIA. (Another example? My husband got an older FREE Tivo set from a neighbor who was throwing it out. They didn't have a remote to go with it. We needed to see if it would work but didn't want to buy a remote first. We put it on Facebook, and BAM! Got a borrowed Tivo remote. Use it for anything!)
We made friends with our taxi driver (long story here but it saved us from missing our flight), made friends with the shuttle driver (so he drove us personally to Target so we could buy clothes after our luggage was lost), made friends with the staff at Oprah (so that sat us RIGHT NEXT TO HER in the audience during her show! We got to talk to her the entire show, and even got shown on TV quite a bit). We made friends with the front desk people at our hotels (they upgraded us rooms, and gave us special amenities). The list goes on and on! Always be nice to everyone. Karma exists, and you never know when the people in your life circle around and walk back into your life again!
The best part? We made friends with a girl in the audience next to us that turned out to be an intern. She confided in us that Oprah is doing her “Oprah's Favorite Things” episode in November. Because of that information we pulled some strings and now I get to go BACK to her show on Nov 10. The odds of me getting on that episode are so much greater now! I would have had no idea if we hadn't made friends with her.
***NOTE: I actually went back to Oprah…AGAIN! It's too long of a story, but click HERE to see a little.