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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Apr 15, 11, 8:03 pm
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Left a bag on the jetway

I once forgot that I had GATE-CHECKED luggage on a commuter flight from somewhere to Cincinnati. Arrived Cincinnati and hopped on the shuttle to the main terminal from the commuter terminal.
THEN remembered I had gate-checked a bag.
Luckily had 1 hour to go before my connecting flight.
Went back to commuter terminal and luckily my bag was being held by a kind gate agent behind the counter.
Amazingly stupid.
Amazingly lucky.
Just amazingly amazing.
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Old Apr 16, 11, 4:11 pm
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I booked a trip six months in advance. I had the wrong date for the return leg and didn't notice the error. When checking in the agent had no record of me being on the flight that day. I called the airline and found the error. Doh!
I had to book an expensive one way flight the next morning. Double Doh!
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Old Apr 17, 11, 1:56 pm
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travel no no's

The biggest mistake I hope to never make again is to travel without screen prints of my hotel confirmations including the street address of the property.
I once arrived in a city and told the cab driver to take me to the Crown Plaza. He drove me downtown and asked me for the street address. I finally paid the cab (2 a.m.) and called Holiday Inn reservations who knew nothing and denied even having a Crown Plaza in that city.
The hotel had been reflagged since I had reserved it.
I found a Holiday Inn and stayed there for the night. This has happened to me four times (no confirmation page and no street address). In once case the hotel had left a chain and was now independent. I was up a creek.
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Old Apr 17, 11, 3:10 pm
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Not burning my Delta miles balance before their horrible devaluation!!
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Old Apr 17, 11, 7:53 pm
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Angry Wearing high heels to Hawaii from Detroit

I had heavy luggage, was alone. Got to my room and the cramping in my calves was so bad I had to see a doctor.
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Old Apr 17, 11, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Orion View Post
The biggest mistake I hope to never make again is to travel without screen prints of my hotel confirmations including the street address of the property.
I once arrived in a city and told the cab driver to take me to the Crown Plaza. He drove me downtown and asked me for the street address. I finally paid the cab (2 a.m.) and called Holiday Inn reservations who knew nothing and denied even having a Crown Plaza in that city.
The hotel had been reflagged since I had reserved it.
I found a Holiday Inn and stayed there for the night. This has happened to me four times (no confirmation page and no street address). In once case the hotel had left a chain and was now independent. I was up a creek.
Wow, I never considered the possibility of a hotel going belly-up...

How would having a printout of the reservation help you in the scenarios you painted? You had a reservation with Crowne Plaza, which no longer exists. How would your printout help you?
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Old Apr 17, 11, 9:48 pm
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I have arrived at the airport to check in for my flight only to find that my return was a month later! This was thanks in part to Delta's website and how the month/day lists function after multiple searches. The rest of the screw up was all on me. Thankfully, I had a nice agent who changed my ticket for me.. at no charge if you can believe it. That was some time ago.

Thought not really a mistake, I planned a trip to a Sorel, PQ just north east of Montreal. I had a reservation, at a hotel I had stayed in the previous year, for about a month. When I arrived at the hotel I found out it was no longer a hotel! They had changed it into a Nursing Home and they had didn't call anyone to tell them... I had a few drinks at my new hotel and all was well.

Happy Travels!
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Old Apr 17, 11, 10:04 pm
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travel trials

Pittpanther. With the street address I likely would have check in as normal. Most hotels will honor reservations that were made prior to a reflagging. That has worked for me before. But here, I didn't even know where the Crown Plaza had been.
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Old Apr 18, 11, 11:59 am
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On a trip from the UK to the US around 2004 I'd pre-bought tickets to see Billy Joel at MSG in New York. Thanks to the US vs UK way of writing dates I turned up for a concert on 02/03/2004 (March 2nd) on 03/02/2004 (Feb 3rd). Such fun and something to this day I have yet to find the joy within me to smile about!
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Old Apr 18, 11, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by elmococker View Post
I have arrived at the airport to check in for my flight only to find that my return was a month later! This was thanks in part to Delta's website and how the month/day lists function after multiple searches. The rest of the screw up was all on me. Thankfully, I had a nice agent who changed my ticket for me.. at no charge if you can believe it. That was some time ago.

Thought not really a mistake, I planned a trip to a Sorel, PQ just north east of Montreal. I had a reservation, at a hotel I had stayed in the previous year, for about a month. When I arrived at the hotel I found out it was no longer a hotel! They had changed it into a Nursing Home and they had didn't call anyone to tell them... I had a few drinks at my new hotel and all was well.

Happy Travels!
I know exactly which one you are talking about! Just off HWY 30 on Tracy's side. So where did you end up? Auberge de la Rive?

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Old Apr 19, 11, 10:46 am
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I must be a ditz because I've made many, many mistakes flying.

Some examples:

-Taking my passport with the holes stamped in it instead of my current one. Why I left both sitting on the counter instead of filing away the expired one is beyond me. Made that flight, but barely.

-Assumed I could get through the lines in an hour flying out 3 days before Christmas. Missed my flight, had to fly standby the rest of the day because all flights were booked full. After traversing through three different cities, I finally got to within 2.5 hours driving of my original destination and made my brother come pick me up.

-Booked a ticket from BWI-GRU through New York, missing the fact that I had to change from JFK to EWR. Didn't notice it until I arrived at the gate for the flight leaving to Brazil and...no luck.

-While not flight-related, I took the wrong train out of Narita and didn't end up in Tokyo as I'd hoped. I blame it on 17 hours flying in coach.

-While not entiiirely my fault, I have a tendency to arrive at the airport at the very last minute instead of well ahead of time. I've missed many flights this way, but in the days when flights weren't oversold and I was only flying domestically, this wasn't a big deal so I got into the habit. Once, flying from CLT-EWR, I arrived after they'd closed the door to the plane, but just barely. I begged and pleaded with them to let me on, and they did. But they apparently forgot to scan in my ticket. When I tried to leave a week later, they had no record of my having been on the flight and so had cancelled my ticket. After quite a bit of begging again, they gave me a ticket (for free!) and I was able to head home.
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Old Apr 19, 11, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by Orion View Post
The biggest mistake I hope to never make again is to travel without screen prints of my hotel confirmations including the street address of the property.
I once arrived in a city and told the cab driver to take me to the Crown Plaza. He drove me downtown and asked me for the street address. I finally paid the cab (2 a.m.) and called Holiday Inn reservations who knew nothing and denied even having a Crown Plaza in that city.
The hotel had been reflagged since I had reserved it.
I found a Holiday Inn and stayed there for the night. This has happened to me four times (no confirmation page and no street address). In once case the hotel had left a chain and was now independent. I was up a creek.
That happened to us in Dubai, though we were lucky they changed names while we were there. We checked into the Renaissance and out of the Crowne Plaza. It's actually pretty impressive how quickly they can change names. The hotel bill and the points, however, were a nightmare.
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Old Apr 19, 11, 11:15 am
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Was flying back from Lawrence KS to ORD and had a 5:00p flight. My appt finished early and I was running to try and catch the 12:00p flight. Ran to the airport, got a aisle seat, got on the plane and as I was sitting down I realized I left my wallet in the rental car. Grabbed my stuff and got off the plane as they closed the door behind me. Got my wallet back but ended up sitting for the airport for 5 hours waiting for the next flight.
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Old Apr 19, 11, 12:04 pm
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On a recent trip to HKG, I took a boat from Central to Macau, after walking around the city for awhile I ended up at the Wynn Casino. Upon exiting from the casino there was a free bus service outside going to the ferry terminal. Unknown to me (at that time) was that there are TWO distinct ferry terminals in Macau. I ended up at the one going back to Mainland China-- but didn't notice the difference until several trips around the terminal where a visa was being asked for. To compound the situation, this occured at the very end of the Chinese New Years holiday, and the terminal was packed with non english speaking travellers. I eventually realized my error and a couple of hours after arriving at the wrong terminal, I was headed back to Hong Kong.
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Old Apr 19, 11, 9:43 pm
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I was up pretty much all night before I left for Peru. Naturally I packed minutes before my ride came. I got the the MLL in YYZ and discovered I had left my wallet at home. So I headed to Peru without any money, cc's, bank cards and the only ID was my passport. I had to email my traveling companion $$ so she could take it out for me.
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