So I was supposed to mileage run yesterday. I was actually really, really looking forward to my mileage run because for the first time ever it was a same day trip with no redeye involved. My routing was Tampa to Chicago at 6:45AM, then Chicago to San Francisco at 10AM, then San Francisco to Washington at 1PM, then Washington to Tampa at 10PM. All my upgrades were confirmed and three of the four flights were almost sold out, so I figured I had a good shot at a bump.
Also, I pride myself in never having missed a flight out of Tampa, despite them usually leaving between 5:30AM and 9AM. But all that changed yesterday, unfortunately. I set my alarm for 4:30AM, woke up, and somehow fell back asleep. I was awake again at 6AM, 45 minutes before departure.
You know, I never thought I’d feel so hopeless and disoriented. My flight was leaving in 45 minutes, which is exactly how long it takes to get to the airport. I knew I wouldn’t make the flight. So I should have probably gone for the flat tire rule, but after taking a quick look at the flight schedule, I realize that there was no other way to get to SFO before my return flight. Most flights that day were sold out, so I really didn’t want to risk it and spend the day in middle seats in coach. So in a rather pissed off mood I just went back to bed. I figured it wasn’t meant to be. I only paid $45 for the ticket, so there wasn’t a huge loss in not going.
Oh boy was I wrong! Aside from three of the four flights being sold out (meaning at least one of them probably needed volunteers), I continued to get EasyUpdate messages on my phone regarding my San Francisco to Washington flight. It was supposed to leave at 1PM, but progressively got pushed back to 5PM. Eventually united.com indicated that the flight would have a stop in Chicago (I was guessing crew time was becoming an issue), and then eventually the flight was canceled “due to crew.” So not only would I have probably gotten one of those “apology” emails from United which offers some very nice compensation options, but I would have gotten rebooked on a flight that was probably close to sold out.
Drats! Well in my nearly three quarter of a million miles of flying United, that was my first time oversleeping. So I guess that’s not too bad. But you can bet it’s not happening again.