23 Responses

  1. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    LOL. Welcome to my world.

  2. Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog
    Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog at |

    Getting home at a reasonable is the most important part of a flight.

  3. New Girl in the Air
    New Girl in the Air at |

    Glad you made it! I was rooting for you 🙂

  4. grace
    grace at |

    The best seat is the seat that gets you home.

  5. Ninmurai
    Ninmurai at |

    Seth, this keeps things real which I think many of us points whores lack. Being back at home can be worth more than the miles in our accounts!

  6. Jake Redman
    Jake Redman at |

    …AND now you’ve got an odd number in your post title. Kudos!

  7. Sice
    Sice at |

    I hate DIA

  8. Michael W Travels
    Michael W Travels at |

    Funny! At least you had the luck to get that last seat and make it home in time for dinner.

  9. Joey
    Joey at |

    glad you made it home. I got confused though — you wrote “They paged the passengers again and one showed up. Then the other showed up.” … then later stated the other passenger never showed up? Regardless, you’re back home and made it in time for dinner. Kudos to you. I would have done the same thing rather than wait a few hours just to get the comp upgrade to First class.

  10. Food Wine and Miles
    Food Wine and Miles at |

    Was happy to see you walk on last night – seat next to me was open up until almost the last minute, and I was worried they were going to stick you there 🙂

    Oh and you’ve got the wrong seatmap – we were in V2 of the A320 (with a row 12). Not that you would’ve noticed that from row 37, but it’s not very often that I get to point out that there’s a mistake in YOUR post!

  11. MikeOWave
    MikeOWave at |

    So perhaps if she hadn’t tried the stunt, the seat would have been sold to someone else and unavailable to you, right?

  12. Ryan
    Ryan at |

    Always good to be home, glad you made it by the skin of your teeth!

  13. jackal
    jackal at |

    So *that’s* what the view looks like from back there! Always wondered!


  14. NYBanker
    NYBanker at |

    I guess better than the alternative.

  15. Cook
    Cook at |

    Were the non-rev pax and friend playing booking games? Bank on it. Those with the knowledge and access to manifests do it far more often that you might imagine. If they get caught – they are in trouble, but that is rather rare – leaving a Real-Rev sitting at the gate, wondering. I’ve seen it more than once. You got lucky.

  16. aadvantagegeek
    aadvantagegeek at |

    I knew you could make that tight connection!

  17. JP Traveler
    JP Traveler at |

    I once had the confusing experience of having someone with my identical name on the same flight. Our PNR records were “mixed” in the system with only one seat allocated for the two of us.

    It was near the time of the NWA/Delta IT handoff, so I suspect that had something to do with it. Imagine the puzzled looks on the faces of my “counterpart” when we both approached the gate agent after being called for our first class upgrade!

    A lot of head-scratching later … along with a few laughs … and we were off. Incidentally, I do not have a common name (e.g. John Smith or Bob Jones), so it was very strange.

  18. gobluetwo
    gobluetwo at |

    Been there playing the game out of LGA trying to get home to ORD on a Thursday night. That’s a tough game to play. Don’t think I’ve ever had 37B/E, but plenty of 33+ in B/E.

  19. guy
    guy at |


    Just discovered your blog, and I’m a fan. I’m subscribing. As other travel bloggers write about how you MUST fly elite in order to get home in one piece (true story. look it up), your perspective is more “real world.”

    Over the last couple of years, I’ve felt, for some reason, that I didn’t connect with a lot of online travel writing. I couldn’t understand why. But then I realized that a lot of travel bloggers gave the impression that one MUST have elite status and MUST have a zillion hotel points and MUST use those points to fly first class and stay in a Bali villa.

    The truth is, not everyone can do that. A lot of us still like travel, but don’t necessarily need, or want, to hole up in a hotel their entire trip.

    Anyway, blah, blah. Ramble. You see my point. Keep writing. There’s an undiscovered market for “everyday” travelers like us.

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  21. Aptraveler
    Aptraveler at |

    A nice one again, well done trooper!