Old Feb 20, 16, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
I don't think I've ever had a schedule change that didn't go my way in the end.
On high frequency domestic itineraries, sure.

But in small markets with limited service, or larger markets with 1 or 2 flights a day, a schedule change can ruin an entire trip.

I've had Caribbean tickets completely destroyed by schedule changes, where there were no single-day options to fly without a forced overnight somewhere. Sure, I could probably get UA to pay for the hotel in that circumstance, but if I don't have the time, it doesn't matter.

Sometimes your choices are: 1) take an extra vacation day and spend the night in some dumpy EWR hotel (if you can get the extra day off); OR 2) refund it and buy a ticket on AA for whatever they're asking; OR 3) refund it and cancel the trip, hoping you don't lose much on hotel.

Or sometimes they'll change the days of the week they serve a destination, so your Friday flight is now a Saturday flight. If you don't like that, you can go Thursday.

Those are the nasty ones. Not your run of the mill domestic flight between major cities.
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