Posts Tagged ‘US Airways’

Miami, FL – Miami, FL | Miscellaneous

January 20, 2014

This year will be a new year of increased travel, so seems logical to reinvigorate the HOJF blog entries.  Just made reservations to Washington, D.C. to see my buddy Jason.   If you haven’t been to AA.com recently, there are numerous changes on the site.   My favorite one is being able to choose your meal option before departure.  Well, the option exists for business class passengers for domestic flights with meal service.  I would presume that international flights might give the option to all classes of service.   The US Airways integration has began with US Airway flights appearing in the flight options list.   If you are an Admirals Club member, you can use the US Airway’s clubs.  Happy Travels! 

Albany to Charlotte | US Air #1809 | seat 3F connecting to Charlotte to Albany | US Air #1839 | seat 7D (Jan 5)

January 7, 2010

After all the hub-bub about security over the holidays, I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the TSA staff at the Albany airport on Tuesday morning. I was not so pleased with the people who don’t travel often and showed up HOURS early and therefore created unnecessarily long lines.

The flight from Albany to Charlotte was fine, and the flight from Charlotte to Miami was fine too. However, I had to wait 50!?! minutes for my bag at Miami International Airport. BOO HOO to the US Airways ground crew – that was a pathetic performance.

Tampa to Albany, err LaGuardia | Delta #2761 | Seat 22A

December 15, 2009

Was in Tampa for two days for a TV shoot and heading back to Albany tonight. It was critical I get home tonight due to a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. All was working just fine – left Innisbrook on time, got to the airport early – but then US Airways had other plans for me.

My flight from Tampa to Reagan National was delayed to the point that I’d miss my connection. They had no other flights that would get me close to the Albany – heck, the NY area – so I had quite the situation. The US Airways agent was wonderful, she immediately got on the phone with Delta who gave me their last seat. I wish I remembered the ticket agent’s name as she was great.

I ran over to Delta to check my bag and get my boarding pass and they couldn’t find me in their system. The ticket agent there was wonderful as well – she dropped everything to help and had me on my way quickly. Thank you Melinda and Happy Holidays!

I made it through security quickly and saw my flight was delayed so I crashed Pappy’s happening dinner at the Bacardi restaurant in Terminal D in Tampa and then made my flight with ease. And, best part yet, the tail wins carried us faster and we landed pretty close to on schedule. I could have done without the 2.5 hour car ride to get home, but I’m happy I’ll make it there.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this is my LAST FLIGHT OF THE YEAR!!! That feels like a cause for celebration in and of itself!

Washington DC – Albany NY | US Air (can’t remember flight) | 4D

May 20, 2009

Just barely made my flight… was standing around outside the Burson DC office waiting to go to lunch and thinking that might flight was 4:39pm. Well, dummy that I am, the flight was 3:20 and landing at 4:39. Doh! Raced to the airport and made it just fine.

Flight was uneventful. I’m not usually a plane sleeper, especially on one of the smaller regional jets. But, I guess the stress of the last few days caught up with me and I fell asleep before take-off. It was a nice nap, nice until the woman next to me decided she needed to use the rest room and DECIDED TO CLIMB OVER ME INSTEAD OF WAKING ME UP. Which, of course, woke me and teed me off.

Why it’s over between me and US Airways

May 25, 2008

It was good while it lasted. Sure, we had our ups and downs, but I always forgave them. Living 30 miles outside of Albany, NY and having to travel via air a bit, I came to count on US Airway’s frequent connections. I didn’t hold them responsible for all of the many travel nightmares I had at the country’s worst airport (Philadelphia) and didn’t blame them when they lost my bags (often), had mechanical problems (occasionally), or had delays that caused me to miss connections (too frequently to count.) I still appreciated what they did for me, and the fact that they got me from point a to point b safely and on-time-ish.

I was Chairman’s preferred on US Airways for two years, but started switching to United after a few too many delays at Philadelphia, including one where they told me they couldn’t get me home for three days so I recruited another stranded passenger to drive and rented a car. I hate to drive, but that is a story for another day.

The reason for the break-up is simple – they screwed me over. I am taking Maddie to Disney in July and booked our flights on US Airways. I was filling out travel forms earlier for another trip and realized that the agent I spoke to booked us on the wrong day. So, I called US Air and asked them to switch the flight to a day earlier. “I’m sorry, award travel is not available the morning of the 14th.”

So, I told her to sell me a ticket and just redeposit my miles. “I’m sorry, it will cost you $100 per ticket to cancel your ticket and redeposit the miles into your Dividend Miles account.”

“That can’t be right,” I say. “I want to use my miles, but you are telling me there is no flight. So instead I am going to buy my ticket and use my miles another time. And, oh by the way, your agent screwed it up to begin with.”

“Oh, I understand. But we can’t give you your miles back for free. There is a $100 charge per ticket to redeposit your miles. What credit card will you be using?” asked the US Unfair Shrew.

Suffice it to say I am not redepositing my miles, nor did I buy my ticket on US Airways. I bought the ticket on Southwest, and was pleasantly surprised that it was cheaper and a direct flight, getting me in to Orlando an hour earlier than US Unfair would have. So, I’ve dumped US Air for Southwest. I’m sure lots of other airlines would love to have the 125+ flights per year that I used to book on US Unfair.