As you know, Last week your boy went on Vacation. It was a dual vacation to Panama and Miami. I told you I would have stories for days, so pardon me in advance if the stories don’t follow a sequential order. As I remember and feel compelled, I’ll share my stories accordingly. Now, here’s a funny story from my continuing adventures with Airlines.
I decided to hit Miami after Panama, mainly because the last time I hit South Beach was in 2001 (!!!) and my connecting flights to Panama were in Miami. I have family in SoFlo, so it made perfect sense. There was only one issue: I finalized these plans after pressing “send” when purchasing my tickets online. So in essense, the minor change I needed to make was cutting my flight short in MIA (since they connected their anyway, and either A) extending my layover until I was ready to leave or b) just booking a one way flight back to NY. Sounds easy right? Not when you’re dealing with airlines looking to get plenty money(c) Plies from their customers.
So I call AA and explain the situation, they explained to me that because I did it on the web and through Expeida, they’d have to charge me $150 to change the flight in any way. This made no sense because they got my money already and weren’t losing anything my just cutting my flight short. The fact that it was an international flight didn’t help either. Then when they priced the cost of a return flight to NYC, they were talking $900+ (when I clearly saw return flights online $140).
So when I decided to say yes and bite the bullet [||] on price, they inform me that it’ll cost an additional $20 to book it because I did it through Expedia. I kindly tell them “FCUK your couch” and call Expedia myself. I explain the situation and they tell me that I can just get off at MIA and take the L in frequent flyer miles for the duration of the trip and book my own one way flight (through them of course which would also be a $20 over the phone fee!). My only concern was the bag I checked in. The representative tells me that I’ll have to take the bag off the plane anyway to bring it through customs so after that I could just leave. Sounded like a plan to me, but the rep didn’t seem too sure. So I had a backup plan. I brought a duffle bag inside my check in suitcase, and packed everything I’d need for MIA, so I’d have it as a Carry-On. I got to MIA and the Rep’s words held true. I was able to take my bag without having it go all the way to NYC for no reason! What a WIN!
Although I took a minor L in frequent flyer miles, I booked my return flight and saved the stupid flight change fee. I really thoguht I’d be in trouble, but I made it happen. I wouldn’t suggest doing what I did, but desperate times call for desperate measures feel me? LOL
That’s it for now. Next week I’ll touch on more of my trip and MAY even post a VLog of my trip (so help me God, lmao!)