A trip to ... nowhere

Discussion created by ssindc on Feb 27, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 29, 2016 by pluto77

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;
    • wait;
    • 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....