Saturday, July 01, 2006

Fly, fly and be free.....

We have been having a DAY here, Lorraine a' Malena have. Due to the complete insanity that is thee LAX Airport, despite arriving two hours early for her flight, poor Malena missed her flight to Minneapolis, and of course, our connection to Boston. United, helpful airlines that they are booked her on a non-stop to Boston. Actually, this would have been helpful except that the flight they booked her on was not only sold out, but overbooked and had no room even on the standby list.

( This is , apparently, some sort of Holiday Weekend and there are no flights with space anywhere. )

They did however, make sure that her bags got on the flight. Not to worry THEY are safely in Boston for the recording session.

They then offered her a variety of flights arriving in Minneapolis at some point on Sunday. Of course, they were not about to help her get from Minneapolis to Boston, that was Northwest's problem says they. No matter that her flight to Boston left SATURDAY.

Enter me and the most wonderful Northwest agent ever. ( Joyce, if you are reading this, you truly have saved us, the album , our careers and most likely happiness for all time )

I'll make a VERY long story short here. Joyce saved us. She, all the time we were still dealing with United ( I had Northwest in one ear, and Malena in the other )and getting sadder and sadder, held the LAST seat on the only flight with seats left on a Northwest plane going from LA to Minneapolis today and put Malena on it, once our options ran out with United. She then re-booked BOTH of our tickets to Boston on Sunday morning. So we could fly together. I am certain bending an incedable amount of rules in the process.

United, to be fair, did come thru in the end, when I had to re-book Malena's third leg of this trip, as she forfeited the ticket by not using the first part, she could not just do the last leg ( weird airline rule ) they applied the entire cost of the not taken United trip to the cost of the one way third leg trip.

We made 26$.

Malena is now on her way here to Minneapolis, ( after spending the day at the airport, many thanks to Miss Kitty for rescuing her and taking her to lunch ) and I will soon go and pick her up. ( or scrape her up, the flight she was meant to be on was WAY early and she had not slept , nocturnal creature that she is, she was planning on sleeping on the flights ) and , ( again ) WAY early tomorrow morning, we will go , together, on a plane to Boston.

And make some music.

Love and Airlines, Lorraine ( and Malena )


At 5:17 PM , Blogger Sherpa said...

All that and you made $26? Only you could pull this off Lorraine.

At 7:50 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Way to go Lorraine! But there have got to be easier ways to make $26 ;-)

Have a fine time!

At 8:09 PM , Blogger tuaregblue said...

Lorraine, you rock! :)

At 9:38 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

That is why I don't fly Northwest if I can help it. Seems they are fraught with delays.

Okay, so I booked NW to LA in Sept. If the price difference is $50 betweem MW and Delt, I'll take Delta every time. Unfortunately Delta is alot more. Probably worth it though.


Flying is always fun.


At 7:22 AM , Blogger Dewey921 said...

In the Chinese world view and its many types of Hell, the Hell of Being Trapped in an Airport by Elusive Promises of Soon You Will Fly must be one of the worst. I think Jack Burton would agree.

Sue me, I'm a Big Trouble in Little China fan.

And I've also been trapped in airports. Malena, sweetie, I'm glad your ordeal is over.

At 8:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the joys of travel. I am so jealous! (Yes, that also means that I am absolutely sick in the head, but at least it means that you are going somewhere!)

Have fun, be safe. Bring us back lots of great LaM music!

At 1:08 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Poor dears, glad all was resolved and at least you will get where you are going (tho the waste of time is SO ANNOYING!)! I am reading this in the charlottesville airport, as NW had "weight issues" with our flight to detroit/Grand Rapids, and now switched us to delta - and we'll fly into Grand Rapids via Atlanta at 10:30 pm, rather than 8:00. So we will get home around 2:00am. gah, I hate flying and airports, I agree with dewey! Have fun with the rest of your trip!

At 8:08 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Well, I trust you have gotten to Boston okay, as I am reading this on Sunday night. Sheesh! And I thought the flight from DFW to SEA-TAC with two little ones was bad.

At 9:59 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Um, wow.

That's just plain impressive.

Remind me to look you up if I ever get stranded in an airport again because of stupid overbooked flights.

At 3:32 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

$26 for that amount of effort surely equates to sweatshop rates; someone sic the activists on them!

At 11:15 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

holy bat capers, girls! that was the day to end all days.
poor Malena, already out of her cave way way too early, and then to be tossed around on the waves of LAX with not a raft in sight...
much better was the day that photo was taken of you two, up in the hills of THAT photo shoot was magical...
thank all the spider gods for Lolo's perfect pitch to the airlines, and 26$--i love it...!@
kitty cat signing off, with great wishes for the recording session...xoxoxoxox

At 12:36 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Yes! We are here and safe and the recording is magic!!

Dan Guy, can you fix the website? The server seems to be down.....Many thanks!

At 7:59 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Fix the server!!
Dan, do it!!

At 8:59 AM , Blogger faerydusted1 said...

Yeah! Recording fun!!!!


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