Round and round
Having made it to Chicago on a pretty flimsy 757, I noted that my flight to Boston had been canceled. There was rain at O' Hare but not enough to account for all the cancellations on the American board.
The agents tried to help, but it was pretty obvious that this way beyond anything that American was prepared to handle. Long lines to talk to agents, lengthy waits on the 1800 numbers and I even got hung up on at the platinum AAdvantage line which has never happened before.
I was put on a standby list for a 6AM flight the next day, but the agent was good enough to let me know that the flight would also likely be canceled as it was another MD-80. Given the choice to take a flight at 2PM to try to get to a 9AM meeting, I decided to ask for a return ticket to Los Angeles instead.
Fortunately, one of my fraternity brothers lived twenty minutes from O' Hare so I crashed at his place rather than trust myself to the Sheraton that American's voucher would have sent me to. After seeing cabbies turn down taxi vouchers, I think I made the right call. I paid my cabbie in cash and offerred him the voucher as a freebie and he rejected it!
I was smart enough to check the flight status of my return leg to LA before heading to the airport and sure enough - CANCELED. I tried a general search on my company's travel site and found a United flight that left at noon... at $380 one-way, it seemed like a bargain.
I realize this is due to the FAA coming down extra hard on the airlines due to the pressure on them by the pols, but still - American has a lot to answer for. The whole experience is making me rethink my singled minded American focus... maybe spreading my eggs into another basket (e.g. United) might be worthwhile after all. I'll see what American offers by way of apologies... an upgrade to first on our BabyMoon trip to the Caymans would do nicely.