…from Detroit

Posted by in Travel Nightmare

This one was particularly memorable.

The first leg of my 7pm flight Detroit -> Chicago -> Munich -> Genova was delayed due to storms in NY where the plane was coming from. This meant missing the international flight, so United changed my itinerary to Detroit -> Chicago -> Copenhagen -> Munich -> Genova with an arrival delay of just 4 hours. So far so good.

Next, SAS cancelled the Copenhagen flight before I made it out of Detroit. Back into the queue for the service desk.

To cut a very long story short – skipping the calls to United, Lufthansa, and the travel agency – by midnight my only option was as follows :

1. Go find a hotel at my expense

2. Be back in the airport at 5am

3. Fly to Houston (economy, middle seat, 4 hours)

4. Layover 4 hours in Houston

5. Fly to Newark (economy, middle seat, 4 hours)

6. Layover 2 hours

7. Fly to Milano

8. Hire a car, and drive to Genova Airport to pick up my car

Unfortunately the Newark -> Milan flight was delayed 8 hours, so I spent a total of 28 hours and two flights across the country just to get out of the country.

Made it home about 36 hours late.

United we stand, divided we fall…