I have been working at my current employer for about a year. About 9 months into the job things had changed and I decided that this was not the right place for me long term. So for i've been on and off looking around for other employment and finally something broke for me. I was given a job offer for a better position, larger company, more money, plus possible bonuses. Unfortunatly, I have vacation already booked and paid for beginning the week of Labor Day. I have already informed the new company of this prior obligation and they are very understanding regarding the time off. My question is whether I should press to make it a paid vacation or take the hit to my income (I can absorb it but honestly would rather not). I have never had to broach this topic before when changing jobs so I honestly don't know how reasonable it is to ask for the paid week. This is a great opportunity for me and would not want to ask for something that would just seem way off base. Any advice?