Why? I'll tell you why.
A week ago Monday, the Guy had to make an emergency family leave flight back to Massachusetts. He moved the original flight on Friday that I'd scheduled him on because he didn't think three days was enough time to get things moving there. He changed the flight to Monday, from Logan Airport in Boston. And they charged him an extra $150 for the flight change.
Here's the sequence of events (keeping in mind it's Christmas Eve today):Monday the 22:
Guy gets to Logan. USAir cancels the morning flight due to the flight computer thinking it's still in the air. No shit. They refuse to give him a voucher for a hotel room. Guy refuses to go back to his family's house because it's been just about the shittiest emotional week he's ever spent there, and he doesn't want to go back. He gets a room at a hotel, but ends up waiting an hour and a half while he watched the hotel shuttle breeze merrily past him. He flags down a different driver, complains to the hotel. They lower his rate to ~$80 and extend his check out time. Why?Tuesday the 23:
USAir scheduled his flight out at 6pm. Six PM.
At least he was moved up to the only available seat on that flight, which was first class, but so far, that is the ONLY break he'd gotten. Guy arrived last night at Las Vegas. His connecting flight was cancelled. USAir was telling people they weren't handing out hotel vouchers "because it was the weather" that delayed/cancelled the flight. No...if Guy hadn't put up a fuss, ALL the other passengers, including a woman with a six month old baby, weren't going to get a hotel space. In Boston, they told Guy they don't give out hotel vouchers in origination cities. You know. Where your flight originates. Wednesday the 24:
Because the hotel where Guy was put up only had a shuttle going to the airport at 2:30am, and the new flight was scheduled for 7am, he ended up getting only one hour of "real" sleep. All the passengers were at the gate. A USAir representive stood up and told everyone that the 7am flight was cancelled because they were short a crew member.
Guy was rescheduled for a 9:40 flight that originated in Calgary Canada. I have checked. It left Calgary. It has arrived in Las Vegas. I'm waiting until it actually leaves the ground before I drag my kids to LAX to pick their father up.
A simple one day flight trip has turned into a marathon three day trip going across country. I should have had Guy just go to the Southwest Airline desk last night and get on a flight to Burbank.
Mermaid was VERY upset to hear that her dad was delayed yet again. She misses him a lot, and it's Christmas Eve. He should have been home on Monday. Well, if all goes well, we're leaving in forty minutes to pick him [post interrupted by phone call from the Guy]...
I can't believe this. His flight was delayed AGAIN for an hour
because the plane needs fixing. If this flight does not take off in an hour, he's going to go to Southwest, suck it up, and shell out another $140 to get home.
Will update. This sucks bigtime. Merry Frelling Xmas indeed.UPDATE right here