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The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

The dumbest travel-related mistake you ever made?

Old Jul 22, 14, 7:55 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyMeToTheLooneyBin View Post
Hmm... What about the minors having to sit in the same cabin as adults rule?
Originally Posted by chgoeditor View Post
I'm not familiar with this rule, but as a minor in the 1980s, I can recall several instances on international flights where I sat in a different cabin from my parents.
I've started sitting in a different cabin as my parents when I was 6 years old and have done so ever since. No airline we've flown has had a problem with it.

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Mmmmmm Biscuits and gravy. My favourite treat when I"m in your neck of the woods. Can't get sone of any reasonable quality up here, but if you do make it to Quebec... try a Poutine. (Not a breakfast food) truly epic hangover food.
Next time you're here we'll go to Elmo's Diner in Durham. I think their biscuits and gravy is the best around.
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Old Sep 26, 14, 3:07 am
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Bumping this:

Way back when I was in college, was vacationing with a friend in Cancun. Sadly the vacation came to quick end when we realized there was a hurricane coming straight at cancun. My two pals decided to rough it up, I said screw it looked for any flight out, paying an outrageous $500+ one way back home.

Showed up at the airport real early, lining up behind the counter. Boarded with the rest of economy... turns out my seat was 1A... I had essentially purchased a first class seat. I still did not know it was a first class seat, and marveled on how good the food was.

Transited in MEX and passed out. Almost missed out on my flight, only woke up in a nick of time to my name being called on the loudspeakers. Good thing I was just across the gate.

Moral of the story, probably could have showed up much later, use the lounge and have an enjoyable flight out. This was way back before I even knew what a FF program was.
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Old Sep 26, 14, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by YoungSoloTraveler View Post
Bumping this:

Way back when I was in college, was vacationing with a friend in Cancun. Sadly the vacation came to quick end when we realized there was a hurricane coming straight at cancun. My two pals decided to rough it up, I said screw it looked for any flight out, paying an outrageous $500+ one way back home.

Showed up at the airport real early, lining up behind the counter. Boarded with the rest of economy... turns out my seat was 1A... I had essentially purchased a first class seat. I still did not know it was a first class seat, and marveled on how good the food was.

Transited in MEX and passed out. Almost missed out on my flight, only woke up in a nick of time to my name being called on the loudspeakers. Good thing I was just across the gate.

Moral of the story, probably could have showed up much later, use the lounge and have an enjoyable flight out. This was way back before I even knew what a FF program was.
Depending on how long ago it was, there may have not been frequent flyer programs. I don't recall any in the late 70's when I started flying.
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Old Sep 27, 14, 2:26 am
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Originally Posted by kenish View Post
- Some AA gates at DFW are dual (21A/B) and split off to separate aircraft after going through the door. They often co-board two flights and interleave boarding announcements. I was on the flight boarding through 21B and had seat 21A. You all know where this is going! I was settling into my seat when another pax politely said I was in her seat. A look at the BP cemented the horror! Fortunately both A/C were only halfway through their boarding but it was tough fighting upstream to get off the wrong plane.

- We were on a road trip through Arizona and Utah and rented a car to save wear and tear on our own car. At Zion National Park we stopped for lunch. I got out of the car, locked the doors using the door switch, and shut my door. A shiny object reflected off the seat...the keys! My son was last out of the car and I shouted "DON'T SHUT YOUR D..." (slam!). AAA said the closest garage was in Hurricane, UT about an hour away and they would call me back. We started planning how to spend the better part of the morning in town. The local garage called within 10 minutes and as we discussed my location and AAA member details their truck pulled up! He had just driven up to Zion to handle a dead battery and was about to head back.

- I was on a biz trip in HKG, a colleague and I had an afternoon flight to LAX on UA. We went to the hotel to shower and check out. My colleague said we should meet at a certain time in the lobby; I mentioned that was cutting things close but he felt we were OK. In the cab to the airport he seemed pretty nonchalant and I was a nervous wreck cutting things so close. We arrived at Kai Tak and our flight was flashing "CLOSING" on the monitor! He saw 14:30 on his ticket and mentally thought 430pm! I then said I wondered what he had been smoking! We rushed to the counter where they quickly checked us in and even escorted us through security and Immigration to the plane. On the jetway we looked at our BPs and realized they had upgraded us to C! My colleague said "I knew it would pay to be late someday!"

- Back in March I rented a car in Australia online for July 6 using the Aussie Avis website (lower prices than the same rez through the US site). In early June I received an email confirming our rental for June 7 ! Yep, I was too impatient to deal with the little pop-up calendar widget next to the date box and hand keyed "07/06/2009" per standard format in the US (mm/dd/yyyy). I don't need to explain what the problem was! Fortunately the confirmation email had a "change my reservation" option which fixed the problem....good thing it wasn't nonrefundable airline tickets!
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Old Sep 27, 14, 2:56 am
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Originally Posted by heng512 View Post
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My colleague said "I knew it would pay to be late someday!"
This is one of my favorite FT stories.
In its honor, I am starting a new thread: Tell Us: That One Time It Paid to be Late

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Old Sep 27, 14, 9:39 pm
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Mine was a simple one:

About 12 years ago, my secretary booked a red-eye int'l trip and a following domestic trip for the same day... and at different non-associated airlines. Of course I didn't pay attention for this small detail up to the domestic check-in

Good old times, the counter agents waived the re-booking and extra baggage fees. ^
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Old Sep 27, 14, 10:11 pm
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Checked in to Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. Was upgraded to the Presidential Suite! Never seen anything like it. We had no idea it came with club access. For breakfast, we walked to the mall connected to the hotel and ate at the food court.
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Old Sep 27, 14, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Bidkat View Post
This is one of my favorite FT stories.
In its honor, I am starting a new thread: Tell Us: That One Time It Paid to be Late

I was late for a TG CGK-BKK flight a few years ago. Long story short, TG was being TG (i.e. it went from a wide- to narrow-body) and I was upgraded to J for the same flight the following day.
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Old Sep 28, 14, 12:00 am
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Ages ago while working in Indonesia, my boss and I had been flying out of a small airport on a 6/3 week rotation for about 10 months, and the flight had always left at the same time. We had stopped looking at out tickets closely, other than to see they were going to SIN.

Rolling into town this particular occasion, we picked up our tickets from the agent, and proceeded to get stuck into the drink without a second thought.

As we arrived at the airport the following morning, we were surprised to see an F28 climbing out on departure, as we were normally the first flight out. You can imagine our horror on getting out of the taxi and finding that we had just watched our flight leaving. Sneaky buggers had brought the departure time forward an hour.

Now, just to add to the scene: This was 23rd December, we both had SIN-BNE flights booked that night, and we were both nursing world class hangovers.

So began an odyssey across Sumatera which started with us bribing our way onto a military C130 to get to Batam, a frenzied taxi ride across to the ferry to terminal to catch a ferry to Singapore, and ended with my boss leaning over the backseat of the taxi spurring the Singapore cabbie on to greater speeds on the way to the airport.

We got to the check-in counters as they were starting to call the standby passengers and promptly adjourned to one of the excellent bars on the concourse for a few stiff drinks to settle our nerves.

Ever after that, the first thing I look at on a ticket is the time of departure!
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Old Sep 28, 14, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by LivelyFL View Post
Checked in to Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. Was upgraded to the Presidential Suite! Never seen anything like it. We had no idea it came with club access. For breakfast, we walked to the mall connected to the hotel and ate at the food court.
I'm confused: this is a dumb travel-related mistake because?
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Old Sep 28, 14, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
I'm confused: this is a dumb travel-related mistake because?
They purchased breakfast at a mall instead of using the complimentary and presumably superior breakfast at the club lounge.
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Old Sep 28, 14, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
I'm confused: this is a dumb travel-related mistake because?
I'm assuming because he paid for a crappy breakfast when he could have had a good one for free.
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Old Sep 29, 14, 1:38 pm
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Overpacking on my return trip and then finding out about the $50 overweight baggage fee (this was in 2009) that AC charged me at YUL. So young and naive!

Second one was cruise related. We were in Hilo for the day and I thought we could easily visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park AND Ka Lae by driving in a rental car. My whole family and extended family was extremely tense when it was apparent that the closer we got to Ka Lae, the chance that we were going to miss the cruise ship departure was increasing. After a very quick photo taking opportunity (hey, why waste a chance to prove you were at the southernmost point), I sped back and we made the ship by about 10 minutes (with other car rental drivers nonetheless).
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Old Sep 30, 14, 1:00 pm
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I accidentally booked a flight on Kayak that was 1st class on the return leg.

It wasn't much more than a normal SFO -> LAS flight, but it caused some headaches for me getting reimbursed by my employer. (I ended up googling to show a typical price in coach, and paying the difference out of pocket, which was about $100)
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Old Sep 30, 14, 3:32 pm
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Quite a few here; back in 1988 I was in Seoul. I had a ticket to fly home to see my Dad in Dallas for Christmas. I showed up to Kimpo airport, went to the counter to checkin and was told my flight was the day before... They were able to accomodate me however.

Flew into Bahrain, I was waved through immigration, no problem. As I tried to clear immigration leaving I was detained as they had not stamped my passport coming in. I was grilled about sneaking into their country, almost missed my flight.
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