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Stuck at LGA overnight [Jun. 29th, 2008|05:48 pm]
I was supposed to be on the NW 6 PM flight; it got canceled, and they rebooked me on the 8:35. (Nice of them to tell me; I got a phone message after 5 PM, when I'd already learned from calling them.)

While I was sitting in the WorldClub, the 8:35 got canceled, and the best they could guarantee me was the 11:35 tomorrow.

NW claimed the problem was due to weather/air traffic control, hence they wouldn't help me with a hotel room.

Fortunately, Priceline would, so I'm paying only a slightly extortionate rate (around $50 less than the hotel asked directly when I called).

They keep canceling flights, so I'm almost as glad that they couldn't rebook me to get me out tonight via many connections (I'd have taken that for the better chance of getting home tonight and the extra miles).

So now to the hotel and bed, so I can get back to LGA around 5 AM and hope enough people don't get there that they'll let me on the 6 AM flight.

But at least seeing my parents for their anniversary (last Friday) was worth the trip.

[User Picture]From: netmouse
2008-06-30 01:17 pm (UTC)
congrats. I couldn't get out of houston last night, and they booked us on a 4:30 pm flight tomorrow. As in Tuesday.

They will probably claim this was due to weather but we had a plane here and the weather had cleared. But by that time the crew had put in two many hours during their diversion to Austin to keep flying. They failed to replace a flight crew that had been in the air too long. If they had planned sufficiently well, and made us any sort of priority, they could have flown us home.
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From: sethb
2008-06-30 01:49 pm (UTC)
Status may have worked against me. I was on the 6 PM flight; when that was cancelled, I got rebooked on the 8 PM. (Others got rebooked on today's early flights.) Then, when the 8 PM was cancelled, the 11:35 AM was the first available.

No chance of a waitlist, of course, but I came to the airport too early just in case. I should have gotten more sleep.

Then they gave away my seat on the 11:35 flight. There's still a remote chance of an upgrade.

And now, to add insult to injury, air traffic control is broken, and all flights are delayed (at best).
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