How could I?!?

Have I lost all dignity? I pride myself in always being on-time. It’s the German in me, and it has caused me to never miss a flight. That’s right, even though most of my flights leave early in the morning, I’ve never ever missed a flight, other than misconnecting, of course.

Well, that changed overnight. I had to get up at 3:40AM, the third night in a row I had to get up in the wee hours of the night. Well, I woke up in my bed at the Holiday Inn JFK when it was light outside at 6:59AM. I knew there was an airport shuttle leaving at 7AM, so I literally bolted downstairs and was on the shuttle 60 seconds after waking up.

Fortunately the JFK agents are fantastic. The more I deal with them, the more I’m convinced they’re United’s best, for the most part. The agent gladly rebooked me on the next flight and thanked me for my business. As I was going up the escalator I ran into my favorite JFK based flight attendant, who was right behind me on the escalator. Then I went to the Red Carpet Club, where the uber-friendly agent thanked me for my loyalty and couldn’t have been nicer. I think Dan is right, they’re a different breed.

Still, I’m embarrassed. How could I miss a flight? At the end of the day I’m happy to have slept in, but how can I live with myself?!?

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Happened to me a year or two ago, for the first time that I can remember. Woke up about half an hour before the flight was supposed to take off, which was unfortunate given that I live about 1.5 h from the airport… šŸ˜‰

    Crazy stuff happens. šŸ™‚

  2. While I don’t like missing flights, I DO relish the opportunity to exercise some of the FF know-how I have accumulated over the years (thanks to Lucky and FlyerTalk, among others!) It certainly gives on an adrenalin rush. It certainly seems to be happening more frequently to me (perhaps 2 times in as many years), usually due to alarm clock related issues, although once I forgot a suitcase at home and didn’t realize it until I opened the trunk in the airport lot. .

  3. The real question is, why rebook yourself onto a flight that requires you to get up at 3:40am???

    Unless it’s TRULY life threatening, a more civilized departure is clearly the order of the day.

    Can’t comment on the JFK *people* (other than saying I find them pleasant relative to IAD). But I’m much less than pleased with UA’s JFK *baggage handling*. I don’t know the stats, perhaps I’m just unlucky…

  4. I agree with JFK’s baggage handling being horrible. I just read this article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30442451/) about piano virtuoso Krystian Zimerman who refuses to come back to the US, partly because “security workers at New Yorkā€™s John F. Kennedy International Airport destroyed one piano in recent years and ripped the keyboard out of another.” Nice…

  5. Glad it all worked out all right!

    So you’re becoming a regular at the JFK Holiday Inn, eh?

    Were your front desk friends there to meet you this time.your last adventure at the JFK Holiday Inn?

    Better yet, did you get a night credit towards the free room promo?

    Guess I’ll check to make sure my alarm is loud enough as I have a 6AM flight out of JFK in a couple days.

  6. @ Gary — Well, the flight was sold out, that’s why. I wanted a bump. I actually thought I could get up later, but when I got to the hotel I realized I hadn’t checked in yet. When I called the front desk I realized that the airport shuttly only runs every hour until 5AM, and the 5AM shuttle was cutting it a bit tight for a 6AM departure when I hadn’t checked in yet. Oh well, for me it’s bumps over sleep (at least in theory).

    @ bk3day — Hah, yes I am becoming a regular! Unfortunately my buddies weren’t there, so I got crap treatment from the awful agent. She even refused to enter my Priority Club number, so I might just be out of luck here. Boooo!

  7. Steh auf und sei aufmerksam.:) Mit freundlichen GrĆ¼ssen aus Singapur, Chitown.

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