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- Joined: Thu May 08, 2014 7:42 pm
- Location: United States
United delayed my flight in 15 minute increments for 4 hours before cancelling it outright. I was fortunate enough to get a helpful CSR who got me onto the standby list for the next flight about 90 minutes later. There were about 30 people ahead of me in line for alternate flights, but I was first on the standby list. I guess other people were willing to accept distant and inconvenient hotel rooms and/or their CSRs didn't know how to use the booking system properly. When everyone else thought everyone else would zig and try to get a standby seat, so tried to zag by getting a hotel room, my odds improved.
One thing I concluded is that travel insurance is good, but the convenience of post-security lounge access can be a lot better in some cases. A free hotel room in which you only get to spend 5 hours (since travel and security take time) isn't so great. Showering in a lounge, then sleeping 7 hours in a terminal, would have been preferable had it come to that.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt
Plan to PC: Prestige to DC
SD with activity alerts, might close: Arrival and Brooks Bros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech, BofA Travel PH