I travel a lot.
I used to think I was pretty much the expert on weekend traveling…
Until I missed my flight to #Brandcation last week.
Yup, I missed my flight!
How on earth did that happen?
Well…the thing is, I never check luggage. Ever. I am a light packer and am always able to fit everything into a carry on suitcase and my “personal item” – which is a tote bag almost as big as a my carry on! For this #Brandcation, I knew that I would be bringing back goodies from the companies that were sponsoring the event, so I was checking a full sized suitcase.
And…I may have not looked closely enough at my check-in on my AA app…I thought it said 10:50 boarding time, but that was actually the departure time. So when I arrived at the check in counter at 10:10, and my flight was set to board at 10:20, I was outta luck.
I missed the cut off for checking in baggage. My options were to a) leave my suitcase at the airport or b) take the next flight out.
I chose option B, because really, I couldn’t have gone an entire weekend without anything!
My mother had dropped me off at the airport, so I had to call her to come pick me up – so that I wouldn’t sit at the airport for 5 hours until the next flight. And then, as I was on my way back to the airport later that evening, I was checking to see what my seat number was…and there was no seat number on the ticket. I saw a big S and my mom told me…that big S? It meant I was on standby.
I’ve never flown standby. I had no idea what that meant…
After I arrived at the gate, the AA attendant told me that if there were any available seats, I would be put on the flight. If there wasn’t, well, then, I would have to wait.
For the next flight.
Right about then, I almost had a nervous breakdown. I had to start texting the ladies that were awaiting my arrival to let them know what happened. I was humiliated.
I fly all. the. time. I have always considered myself the seasoned traveler, and to miss a flight? Utter humiliation.
Thankfully, there was one seat available on the later flight, and I ended up in Pensacola just about 5 hours later than anticipated. I did miss the meet and greet and 90% of the Blogger Olympics – a fun blogger triathalon sponsored by Jambu Footwear – but better late than never right?
So, what did I take away from this experience?
Well, for one, I am not perfect…I make stupid mistakes just like everyone else.
And two…now I remember why I hate checking baggage!
Big thanks to Jambu Footwear for sponsoring the #Brandcation Blogger Olympics. While I was only able to participate in the Hula Girl portion of the event, it was still a blast! And thank you to Brandy Goleman Photography for taking my photo!