Posted: Aug 8, 2006 6:16 pm
"so even if you have a ticket, those fucks can bump you off the flight and make you 'stand-by'?"
What Ms. K said, plus, having a ticket is no guarantee the plane is going to take off. Airlines do overbook flights by as much as 30% sometimes, because they know everyone isn't going to show up for it. Legally, the airlines can not lie (i.e. tell you there's problem with weather when it's a plane or crew problem), but there is no doubt in my mind they do anyways. Besides weather, flights get cancelled around the country on a daily basis.
Seattle to Austin is a hell of a trip. You got a great price & I wouldn't try to drive it, either. However, when I go back to Memphis, I am definately driving. Between the plane ride & what we had to pay for a rental car, it would have much more inexpensive.
On the way back from Memphis, there was a guy at the United counter who was absolutely livid. He checked in an hour in advance, then, for some reason, got tied up by security so long that he missed his flight. United isn't going to take responsibility for that for any reason.
If you are traveling alone or do not have a pressing schedule, getting bumped isn't a bad deal, really. However, if the next plane doesn't go out at a reasonable hour (many regional flights are only 2 or 3 times daily), the next flight may be the next day.
"(picture a shoddy prop plane with chickens and cows in it)? " I used to fly Saab Turbo Props quite a bit between Chicago/Columbus & Chicago/Toldeo. Although I don't fly as much as I used to & am not in airports near as much, I haven't seen one in a while.