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'Comments 1 | Recommend
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.