Well, my flight to Washington (which was zeroed out, coincidentally) was canceled, leaving me on the west coast. United “protected” me on a US Airways flight. Without inserting any jokes, let’s just say that I don’t consider being rebooked on US Airways to be much in the way of protection!
I asked to be rerouted on United, and they offered me a connection through Denver tomorrow morning. Sounds good to me, as one of the flights is sold out and the other flight is filling up quickly. Then I asked if there’s any chance I could get my hotel comped since I’m a 1K. I explained that I knew the situation was completely outside of United’s control, but in the past I was accomodated as a 1K. The first agent that “helped” me looked at me as if I was crazy, and basically said it too. She claimed United didn’t ever provide hotels for any passengers when the weather was at fault. The other agent said basically the same thing. I asked if they could double check, and they did call up a supervisor. The supervisor claimed I got part of the “rule” right — 1Ks do get their hotels taken care of, but only when connecting as opposed to at the origin.
Oh well, at least I’ll be earning points tonight. I’m still hoping for a bump tomorrow, but I’m slowly starting to think that the folks at inventory management have their act together…. ruh oh!