I had no thought what to call this submit, however I do not wish to preserve attempting to think about one thing else, hahaha.
Final week, I used to be actually desirous to get out of the home and simply go somewhere–anywhere. My mother and father, in addition to Jeanie and Shawn, are in Hilton Head, South Carolina proper now. My mother and father go down yearly to get pleasure from nicer climate within the chilly months of Michigan.
They’ve all the time needed Jerry and I to go down there (with the children after all) for every week or perhaps a few days, however we’re not “seashore” individuals and it simply is not a spot that we have had curiosity in visiting. (Noah and Eli have gone, although.) Final week, the concept simply popped into my head to go down there (alone) and shock my mother and father. Since Jeanie and Shawn are there now as properly, I requested Jeanie if they might decide me up from the airport if I used to be in a position to go. She appreciated the concept too, so the following step was to ask Brian for a buddy move to fly.
The price of a ticket was insane–about $1000–so that was out of the query. Being a pilot, Brian has “buddy passes” that he can let associates/household use to fly for reasonable (to go to Hilton Head is $187 with a buddy move). The most important drawback with utilizing a buddy move is that you do not have a confirmed seat. The very best half is that you do not have to plan forward; you possibly can actually determine proper earlier than the flight if you wish to be listed for standby. It is type of enjoyable to make use of for last-minute journeys!
Sadly, Delta does not fly instantly into Hilton Head anymore, so I might need to fly into Savannah. And there aren’t direct flights from Detroit to Savannah, so Brian stated I might need to go from Detroit to Atlanta, after which Atlanta to Savannah (the place Jeanie would decide me up).
My bank card would solely get charged after making the flight, so if I did not make it on, then I would not need to pay for it. I might deliberate to move down on Thursday and the flight was wanting increasingly more full. By Wednesday night time, Brian stated that he was very assured that I might *not* make it on the flight (which means there weren’t many open seats and the record of standby passengers was lengthy).
On Thursday, Brian stated all the things was wanting okay for the primary flight (5:20 am) on Friday. The issue was that flights from Atlanta to Savannah had been full for all the flights besides the primary one (which might be my connection). That meant that if I did not get on the primary flight in Detroit (to Atlanta), even when I took a later flight, I might possible get caught in Atlanta.
I understand that is all complicated, haha. Anyway, I made a decision to go for it–Brian stated it might most likely be *very* shut whether or not I received on the flight or not, however I used to be actually hoping I might be capable of go. So I left the home at 3:45 am for the airport (Jerry dropped me off after which went out for espresso to attend and listen to from me whether or not I made the flight.
After I received to the gate, I nervously watched the app, seeing my identify means on the backside of the record. Because the flight stuffed up, a number of the standby passengers got seat assignments. Based mostly on the variety of seats open and the variety of individuals on the record, it began to seem like I may not make it. Nonetheless, issues change proper up till the final second.
Finally, I used to be third on the standby record. And there was solely ONE seat open. I seen that the 2 individuals forward of me had been possible touring collectively (identical final identify) and I hoped that since there was just one seat left, they’d move it up–and then it might be ME that received the final seat!
Then it received complicated for a second. After checking with the couple, the gate agent really gave me a seat project after which the second my identify got here from her mouth, a flight attendant got here out and stated that there was yet one more open seat… so there have been really TWO accessible. And naturally, the couple on the record forward of me received the seats.
I used to be so bummed. Flying on a buddy move is rarely a assure, so I knew I many not make it–still, it was disappointing to be *that* near getting on the flight! It did get me to begin fascinated with going elsewhere, although. I could take a spontaneous journey quickly 🙂