It is a nearly universal fact of life: Flight delays suck. And yet, as I sat in the Delta SkyClub last night waiting for my flight to depart, I could not have been happier about the delay of DL 164 from New York City’s JFK airport to Dublin. Originally scheduled to depart at 10:40pm, the flight left nearly two hours late, at 12:34am the next morning. Why should I care? After all, I arrived this morning in Georgetown, Guyana, not Dublin, Ireland. Actually, that’s exactly why I care.
It turns out that Delta doesn’t really think that the couple very late night departures they have out of JFK – namely Bogata and Georgetown – really need lounge access. The Dublin flight is actually the last flight out every night that rates lounge access. On most days the lounge would be closing up right as I got to the airport, three hours prior to my flight. Instead, I got to enjoy the rather nicely renovated facility for a couple hours beyond its normal operating hours, complete with a couple free drinks and all the Biscoffs I could handle.
So, yeah, I was cheering on that flight delay. Didn’t make me too many friends in the lounge as the Dublin passengers came and went three different times when they thought their flight would be boarding, but I made out just fine.
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