Flight Schedule Change info

Old Aug 14, 17, 12:43 pm
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Flight Schedule Change info

After learning about a recent schedule change to upcoming flights over the holidays that are incredibly inconvenient, the reservation agent provided some interesting information to me over the phone that I'm not sure I'm buying.

In my instance, there is no A space on AS following our Int'l F award. So, we booked the AS connector separately. The new flight time (same flight number) only gave us a 55 min connection on the return (too short), so now can either overnight or go via SEA (no later directs to PDX).

The agent said that when the flight number does not change, it's because the airport has told the airline they need to reschedule their flight - that slot time is no longer available and the airline is given options to reschedule. She went on to say that when the flight number changes, "it's our fault".

Truth or bunk?

The airport in question is SJC. Not exactly slot restricted nor particularly busy, which makes me go "hmmmmm....."

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Old Aug 14, 17, 1:15 pm
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Originally Posted by pdxasflyer View Post
After learning about a recent schedule change to upcoming flights over the holidays that are incredibly inconvenient, the reservation agent provided some interesting information to me over the phone that I'm not sure I'm buying.

In my instance, there is no A space on AS following our Int'l F award. So, we booked the AS connector separately. The new flight time (same flight number) only gave us a 55 min connection on the return (too short), so now can either overnight or go via SEA (no later directs to PDX).

The agent said that when the flight number does not change, it's because the airport has told the airline they need to reschedule their flight - that slot time is no longer available and the airline is given options to reschedule. She went on to say that when the flight number changes, "it's our fault".

Truth or bunk?

The airport in question is SJC. Not exactly slot restricted nor particularly busy, which makes me go "hmmmmm....."

Thoughts?
I am reminded of the South Park episode where they start eating from their nether regions and the poopoododokaka comes out of the mouth.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by pdxasflyer View Post
After learning about a recent schedule change to upcoming flights over the holidays that are incredibly inconvenient, the reservation agent provided some interesting information to me over the phone that I'm not sure I'm buying.

In my instance, there is no A space on AS following our Int'l F award. So, we booked the AS connector separately. The new flight time (same flight number) only gave us a 55 min connection on the return (too short), so now can either overnight or go via SEA (no later directs to PDX).

The agent said that when the flight number does not change, it's because the airport has told the airline they need to reschedule their flight - that slot time is no longer available and the airline is given options to reschedule. She went on to say that when the flight number changes, "it's our fault".

Truth or bunk?

The airport in question is SJC. Not exactly slot restricted nor particularly busy, which makes me go "hmmmmm....."

Thoughts?
total bunk. Where did she even come up with that nonsense?
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Old Aug 14, 17, 2:02 pm
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total bunk. Where did she even come up with that nonsense?
I agree, total bunk, but you gotta give the agent points for creativity

There seems to be a number of schedule changes last weekend so I would check my reservations, particularly the December-February window. I was a bit bummed that the PVR-PDX non-stop got moved up about 2.5 hours...it was nice not leaving til early evening since it gave me most of the day in PVR but it is what it is.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 2:25 pm
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No, this is not true. It is MUCH more complicated than this, dependent on the scheduling algorithm, etc. This is phone agent gossip (similar to galley gossip overheard on the plane).
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Old Aug 14, 17, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by pdxasflyer View Post
After learning about a recent schedule change to upcoming flights over the holidays that are incredibly inconvenient, the reservation agent provided some interesting information to me over the phone that I'm not sure I'm buying.

In my instance, there is no A space on AS following our Int'l F award. So, we booked the AS connector separately. The new flight time (same flight number) only gave us a 55 min connection on the return (too short), so now can either overnight or go via SEA (no later directs to PDX).

The agent said that when the flight number does not change, it's because the airport has told the airline they need to reschedule their flight - that slot time is no longer available and the airline is given options to reschedule. She went on to say that when the flight number changes, "it's our fault".

Truth or bunk?

The airport in question is SJC. Not exactly slot restricted nor particularly busy, which makes me go "hmmmmm....."

Thoughts?
Bovine fecal matter.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by AS Flyer View Post
total bunk. Where did she even come up with that nonsense?
The answer can be found in the post above yours.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
I am reminded of the South Park episode where they start eating from their nether regions and the poopoododokaka comes out of the mouth.
This explains everything.

Originally Posted by AS Flyer View Post
total bunk. Where did she even come up with that nonsense?
Which is why I almost responded with "you know, that makes complete sense - I recently heard that SJC had some serious air traffic reshuffling going on to accommodate 3 new A380 routes..."
but then realized I didn't have time for it.

Originally Posted by PDXPremier View Post
There seems to be a number of schedule changes last weekend so I would check my reservations, particularly the December-February window.
Yes. And am hopeful that they change the schedule back in the next several months to something more reasonable for getting home. Really do not want to connect via Seattle after a 13-hr int'l segment, nor do I want to overnight in SJC. Really bites.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 9:21 pm
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there's apparently a fair amount of shuffling going on across the system ... the one I noticed first was SEA<-->IAD switching from 0900-1630/1730-2030 to something like 1555-2350/0900-1200 between early Nov and early Jan
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