Passengers with connecting flights have one more thing to worry about right now: actually reaching their final destination on time.
Not everyone is traveling to or from major airports. Some people are still visiting smaller, regional airports — where a canceled flight could wreak havoc back in the day (say, a few months ago. Those were the days!)
You might be stranded for a couple of hours or maybe overnight. (Longer if you visit, say, Fargo during February. I speak from experience.)
One problem now is some destinations are operating only one flight a day. And if you miss that flight or it gets canceled — oh, boy.
A thread on FlyerTalk details a woman’s extended stay in Williston, North Dakota, while trying to get to Orlando.
Basically, Delta canceled her Thursday flight from XWA to MSP. (From MSP, she planned to connect to MCO). She spent hours on hold and even went to Williston’s airport twice to get help. The soonest Delta could get her flight from Williston was next Thursday.
She’d be better off walking to Orlando!
Several FlyerTalkers offered help and advice. And in the end, she must now drive to Minot (about two hours away) to catch a flight home today.
How This Could Affect You and Me
Those of us who regularly travel to smaller airports could be faced with similar situations. If you fly into a small market, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Planning on an overnight layover is one thing.
But if your flight is canceled during limited schedules such as right now — egads.
“There is no ability to fly XWA-MSP-MCO on Delta without an overnight stay in Minneapolis,” noted poster DTWFlyer. “This is a problem others (are experiencing) with such a limited, bare bones schedule and only one flight per day from many of these really small outstations.”
Many of our family members live in smaller markets (Boise, Fargo, Madison); in most cases, only two daily flights depart those airports. If we miss one of those, catching a flight back home to LAX would become a chore (MSP to LAX is currently peaking at twice a day on Delta). Although it’d be a good opportunity to check out the IHG at MSP 🙂
Adventures can sometimes be fun and not as bad we think they’ll be. But with a toddler who’s three-going-on-thirteen, I think we’re staying home until at least the middle of next year.
We just don’t want to put ourselves at an increased risk of being stuck somewhere for a few days and deal with hotels, ground transportation, and everything else that overnight delays encompass.
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