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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Dan and I are already planning our next trip to New Zealand (hopefully in Dec/Jan), which shouldn't surprise anyone. When we were at REI on Saturday I found a fantastic jacket that I want for the trip, but it was a bit expensive. So I picked up the REI catalog in the mail today I was extremely excited to see the same jacket for $70 cheaper plus a 20% off coupon! I am so going to REI tomorrow to buy it!
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Monday, April 27, 2009
OK, so I guess I won't be moving on from airlines just yet. Considering that I've been on a business trip for the past two weeks I don't have much else to write about. So let me tell just one more airline story. My work shift ended at 7 AM last Friday, but my flight home wasn't until almost 6 PM. So I went back to my hotel, worked out, packed my suitcase, and checked out as late as I could without being charged for another night. This was late enough that my room key got deactivated before I checked out. That was annoying. I drove to the airport at 2 PM and got to the gate about an hour later. Since boarding wouldn't start for about 2 hours, and since it had been a while since I got any sleep, I curled up on a bench and drifted off. When I woke up the gate was packed with people waiting to get on a flight to San Francisco, not Los Angeles. I assumed my flight had been moved to another gate while I was asleep, so I checked the departure monitors only to discover that it had been cancelled altogether. Great. So I joined several hundred people at the United customer service desk to get on another flight. Unfortunately I had to stay another night in DC (in a hotel room paid for by United) because I couldn't get a seat on another flight until the next morning. What a mess. I finally got to Los Angeles at 11 AM on Saturday - 15 hours later than originally planned. The good news is that I probably won't be going on another business trip for a while. I need a break.
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Saturday, April 04, 2009
One more airline post and then I'll move on (at least until my next trip in 8 days). I was scheduled to leave DC today on a 4:45 PM flight, but my work duties ended yesterday (albeit at 9:30 PM, a bit later than I would have liked) and I wanted to get back to LA as soon as possible to see my husband and enjoy the weekend. So when I checked in online yesterday I put myself on the standby list for the 8:25 AM flight this morning even though it looked like every seat was already spoken for. The same was true for the three other flights to LA before mine at 4:45 PM, but I was hopeful that I could get a seat on one of them. One of my coworkers was in the exact same situation and we were wondering which one of us would get the better spot on the standby list. When we got to the airport this morning at 6:30 AM we found out - frequent flier status (mine) trumps business class fare (his). I was second on the standby list and was lucky enough to get the very last seat on the 8:25 AM flight. I got on the plane just before they closed the door at 8:15 AM and discovered that I had an aisle seat! So not only did I got to LA more than 8 hours earlier than originally scheduled, but I got there in the most comfortable fashion. I'm so glad to be home!
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Friday, April 03, 2009
After triumphantly getting an aisle seat for my flight to DC last Sunday I didn't actually get to sit in that seat. By the time I got on the plane there was someone already in it who had been displaced there by someone else who had sat in the wrong seat. This person who was in the wrong seat apparently didn't think anything of it. She looked at me like I was crazy when I told her I didn't want the window seat she was supposed to be occupying (which she "graciously" offered to me) because I preferred aisle seats, like the one listed on my boarding pass. After a few seconds of her not moving and me staring at her in disbelief I took her "window" seat (it was actually between windows so there was no view), but not without some loud complaining about how people should sit in their assigned seats. I probably sounded like a gread school teacher. It was silly, really, but I had gone through a lot of trouble to get that aisle seat in the first place and I didn't get to enjoy it. Not that flying is ever really enjoyable, but aisle seats make it much more tolerable. Unfortunately I have another window seat for my flight back to LA tomorrow. At least I'll be expecting it this time.
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