Playing Fast And Loose

No one is perfect. Though I favor Southwest Airlines even they have been known to make some moves they’d never allow from us. Tonight’s trip is a good example.

We paid the extra money to have my boarding pass automatically issued 24 hours before our scheduled departure time. When we do this, Helaine checks in normally. When I’m on the plane, I hold her seat.

Lsat night we didn’t get around to checking her in until eight hours after her boarding passes first availability. Usually that means she would be way back in the Bs or even Cs.

She got A44.

“Empty flight,” I said. Then I worried.

Were there too few people for Southwest to operate the flight? Schedules are schedules, but losing that much money isn’t fun and airlines have a large book of excuses to avoid it.

As it turns out they didn’t cancel our flight. They cancelled the one immediately before it!

Instead of a flight to Tucson at 5:05 PM and another at 7:00 PM, it’s just one. It’ still doesn’t look totally full.

Oh… and 7:00 PM departure? Not tonight. We’re currently listed for 7:25 PM.

3 thoughts on “Playing Fast And Loose”

  1. I never pay extra to board ahead and as soon as I can confirm my seat, I do the second I am allowed to. I always board an empty plane and am still able to sit with my mother when we travel. I also love how my ticket is always free because I pay my bills immediately.

  2. One time I paid $10 to board ahead with the ‘A’ class, my flight got delayed and I was stuck in Tampa for 10 hours all night long and when the re-printed my connecting flight ticket, I did not realize that they gave me ‘C’ class. I never got my $10 back or my “two Subway footlong sandwiches”

  3. sure they didnt like to cancel the 5:05 flight for too many empty seats, wherever that flight was going next now its not in Tucson and another flight has to be canceled and they have an extra plan in LA that should be in another city maybe on the east coast. amazing how they do keep everything running though.

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