Here's my first utterly pointless post of 2016
So, my trip to South America last week didn't work out quite the way I'd expected or hoped.
- Agreed to speak at a conference in South America;
- Understood that it would be a tight trip to squeeze it into a busy week - basic summary
- 36-hours round trip;
- four flights - two each way;
- flying on American (rather than United/Star Alliance, my preferred carrier);
- midnight arrivals (there and home) on consecutive days
- approximately 12 hours in country;
- potential for a good 6 hours of sleep in the (non-Marriott) hotel...
- Significant complications obtaining visa for travel - passport with visa collected less than 24 hours before embarkation;
- Actual trip:
- travel to DCA (National, as opposed to Dulles/IAD, my preferred airport);
- board plane to Miami;
- taxi to tarmac;
- at this point, I fall asleep ... I wake up to the pilot's announcement;
- we've been delayed (duh);
- we've been re-routed around Atlanta, so we need more fuel;
- we return to the gate;
- I ask the (polite) flight attendant and gate attendant to confirm my suspicions - that
- we're going to miss my connection in Miami; and
- there is no later connecting flight to my destination (or anywhere close); or,
- in other words, I'm not going to be at the conference the next day.
- I get off the flight;
- I return home.
- total miles flown = 0
- total nights in hotel = 0
- participation in conference = 0
- time wasted - lots
- money wasted (on visa application fees, taxis, etc.) - $200+
Lessons learned from the experience: none that I can think of....
No, wait - here's an iahflyr I-told-you-so baggage carry-on success story.
So.... because the trip was so brief... And because there was no time whatsoever for leisure (or photography), I had carried on my luggage. (See, I can do it if I want to....) Anyway, apparently, if I had checked my bag, they would not have let me leave the flight when we returned to the gate. Or, in other words - if I had checked my bags, I would have flown to Miami, spent the night there, and returned home the next day - wasting my time and money for no reason whatsoever. So, three cheers for carry-on luggage if your trip turns out to be a disaster....