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I need to vent.
If you don’t like to read about people bitching/whining, I don’t blame you. It can be annoying. But I gotta get this out. It’s also pretty text heavy. So feel free to skip this one. #disclaimer
A mess fit for a King (Cake)
So as you guys know, I went down to New Orleans this week for Mardi Gras. I spent most of it pretty indisposed, which explains why I had to brush away cobwebs around here just now.
With near-record lows in the Northeast lately, I was ready for any type of warmup, even if it was just up to the 50s (beats single digits!).
On Sunday, I was originally scheduled to fly LGA-DFW-MSY, which I was really looking forward to.
I wanted to gain some EQPs toward my AAdvantage Platinum Status Challenge, visit the Centurion Lounge @ DFW, and get to New Orleans before the Krewe of Bacchus – all of which would’ve been accomplished by this routing. Oh, and it was all on American metal.
So my heart sank a little when I got this email:
But life goes on.
I got re-booked to EWR-CLT-MSY – all operated by our friends US Airways. But whatever, I wanted to stay optimistic, and maybe it would all be fine. At that point, I just wanted to get out of the city. Was not looking forward to EWR, or to CLT to be honest, and I knew I’d be giving up EQPs. But on I went. I would still make the first parade in plenty of time.
Then the beads hit the fan
My EWR flight was scheduled to take off at 6am.
I got to the terminal a touch after 5:30am, but there was no line at security and the gate was right there.
Plus, I had already checked in on my phone on the mobile site and gotten confirmation of it, so when I went to the kiosk to print out my boarding pass, I didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary. I just really like paper boarding passes and I could see the gate from the kiosk. Steps away.
Except the machine was actually checking me in then – 20 minutes before the flight. Me and my companion were on the same reservation and same PNR. It spit out his boarding pass when I checked in, but not mine.
At that point, I was thinking it’d be OK. But the agents could not have been slower or more unhelpful. Standing in line watching them doing literally nothing just about gave me a heart attack.
They said it was my fault for checking into the flight so late – but I’d already checked in on my phone. Why didn’t it go through? I didn’t save the confirmation because I’ve never had a problem with mobile checkin. Ever. Not that it would’ve helped me in that moment anyway because those people are impossible to talk to.
And why would it give me one boarding pass and not both when the reservation had two people?
Long story short, my seat mate and I were split apart. He got on that flight, and I was forced to standby for the next flight which left 2 hours later and was already oversold. I told him to go. It would be harder for two people to standby than just one.
But that was only the beginning of a long and hellish day with US Airways, which began when I woke up slash didn’t really sleep at 3am and started toward EWR.
- In which my mobile checkin did not go through.
- In which one boarding pass printed out but not the second.
- In which the desk agents told me it was my fault for checking in too late but had no explanation for the one boarding pass trick.
- In which I was forced to fly standby for an oversold flight.
And in which, while waiting for the flight I was supposed to be on to take off, I got this picture in a text…
…of the seat I was being refused for no good reason other than the fact that the gate agent would not let me check in.
I understand it’s their circus or whatever, but there is nothing more infuriating that knowing your empty seat stands behind a person who just told you to standby for a flight you might not even be able to get onto.
When asked what would happen if I couldn’t get onto that flight, and knowing my seat was empty behind her, she delivered this nugget of wisdom:
“It is what it is.”
Ladies and gentlemen, US Airways couldn’t have given less of a $#!+ what happened to me in that moment.
Other than being tired as hell, pretty mad at the situation, perplexed about the numerous technical errors, and overall just disappointed in everything, I now had to face 2 hours at EWR… which brought even more nuggets of wisdom from the fine people at US Airways.
This might be a good time for a break, so I will leave this right here.
Have these errors happened to anyone else recently?
To be continued…
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