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Bags packed, skis at hotel, but no FLIGHTS!!!!!!

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So I should have boarded our flight to Utah right about now.  Our skis arrived at the Park City Marriot yesterday. Should have been a nice father and son vacation.

Instead I'm still at home. Checked our flight status at 6:15am to find out AA has canceled the majority of their flights today. Dallas is apparently buried under snow. 

I've been on hold with AA for 2 hours 28 minutes and counting. Spoke to one representative at 1 hour 46 minutes who put me on hold mid sentence, without warning.

I've checked and checked. It's either fork over $2000 and fly tomorrow or wait till Sunday  when I might be able to use FF miles.  Of course I'm paying for tonight either way.  If my son didn't have school, it wouldn't be as much of a problem. I can only push the days back so much.

Thinking about driving up to VT, writing off the lost hotel and praying we get out skis back.

I really should just take this as a sign to cancel the trip. Last time a flight was canceled on us, my son ended up sick in the condo for 2 days and my wife tore her ACL the following day. Should have canceled that trip for sure.

Ouch, just saw this.

Storm fallout: Airlines must rebook about 1 million fliers; cancellations will 'become new norm'

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In case you missed this story in this morning's newspaper, USA TODAY reporters Alan Levin and Dan Reed write

Airline passengers across the East Coast and Midwest face lengthy waits through the weekend and into next week as carriers struggle to recover from one of the worst disruptions to U.S. air travel.  Snowbound airports in the Northeast reopened Thursday and by evening were humming along at near normal levels of activity. However, it could take days to rebook the passengers aboard as many as 15,000 flights that were canceled since a string of storms hit Feb. 5, according to airlines. 

"We're slowly starting to ramp service back up," said Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan. "From a standpoint of reaccommodating customers, that will go into next week."  

The storms that hit many of the nation's busiest airports from Chicago to Washington caused unprecedented cancellations due to weather.  The trade group for large carriers, the Air Transport Association, said 13,000 flights were grounded from Feb. 5 through Wednesday. Those flights would have carried about 1 million passengers, all of whom must be rerouted on other flights, said association spokesman David Castelveter. Airlines canceled about 2,000 more flights Thursday as they dug out from the storm. 

"This could shape up to be one of the most significant weather events affecting flight cancellations and passenger travel in decades," Castelveter said. Airlines grounded flights in advance of bad weather because it is easier to restart operations from scratch after the storms pass. 



 
post #2 of 15
Your AA flight was most likely cancelled due to the snow at D/FW airport. AA is based there and had to cancel 300 flights
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trek chick View Post

 You should check out this thread.
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/91759/planes-trains-or-automobiles
 


Jersey to Park City is a long ass drive...especially with a 9 year old in the car.

Going to gamble that things get better and trying to head out Sunday. Will lose a day of skiing and too much in Hotels and car rentals.
post #5 of 15
 Please, please, please, please....
I'm supposed to fly to Utah through Dallas tomorrow morning.  I checked in on-line, and so far the flight is not cancelled.
I routed through Dallas because I thought it was safer than Chicago for winter travel.  Who knew.

A few more..
please, please, please, please, pretty please with sugar on top, please, please let us get to Utah.
post #6 of 15
Ouch, my sympathies.  I wait all year for my trip out west and would be suicidal if this happens.  I'm leaving in 2 weeks for Telluride and got my fingers crossed that another my travels don't turn into your travails.  Good luck on getting to UT.
 
post #7 of 15
 My wife's flight from NYC to Atlanta was cancelled today because of the weather we are suppose to have this afternoon and they couldn't reschedule her until Monday afternoon.  The upside is she gets to spend a weekend in NYC on her expense account.  Compared to the cost of losing that room at Park City, it might be a relative bargain to be reimbursed for your American flight, and take a United or Delta.
post #8 of 15
There is a chance that if you show up at the airport, you will get attention you won't get on the phone.  Its a pretty big risk, but mdskier got it done, flying from Utah to Baltimore.  Flights were reported canceled, but he went to the airport and got a seat.  See the gathering thread.
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

 Please, please, please, please....
I'm supposed to fly to Utah through Dallas tomorrow morning.  I checked in on-line, and so far the flight is not cancelled.
I routed through Dallas because I thought it was safer than Chicago for winter travel.  Who knew.
 

That (logical) thinking never works for me!  I have connected through all the fair weather cities and been bitten many times.  Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincy, DFW, they all have experienced weather hassles during ski season when I fly.  On our next trip coming up, I just rolled the dice and took Chicago.  Why fight it....
post #10 of 15
Why would you ever fly anythign but Non stop?
post #11 of 15
 Cause I could get 1 stops on Frequent Flyer during a school vacation week.
Penny wise and pound foolish?
post #12 of 15
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9 hours later. 50K more FF miles, way too many phone calls and I'm booked for Sunday afternoon thru Chicago.  I'll lose one day of skiing, coming back on Thursday.  Marriot was nice enough about not charging me for the first 2 nights, but gave me a harder time about staying till Thursday, even though they had a room. I ended up booking the one night separately.

Now the waiting begins......again.
post #13 of 15

As the huge storm gathered strength last week, I was sure my flight from NY to
Denver last Saturday was going to be the trip from h**l.  Instead while NJ and Philadelphia got pounded, NYC got nothing.  My flight left on time, arrived 45 mins early(!) and my rental car was waiting for me when I got off the shuttle bus. 

Skiing this week has been good at Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin.  While some more snow would be good (especially at A-Basin), I can't complain.  About 4 inches fresh today and more predicted for the weekend.   I have 2 more weeks here before returning to the East Coast. 

post #14 of 15
 We made it -- no delays and no problems (assuming our skis meet us, that is).
But I've heard a lot of stories around us of major multi-day delays that are just clearing today.  We got lucky on the timing.
post #15 of 15
MDF, great you made it!
Keep my fingers crossed for Ratherplaythenwork!!!!
Our flight goes from Dusseldorf to Paris (I expect no problems here) and then directly to SLC. Hope we can land there! Last year WE made it but not our ski's...
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