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    As successful pass riders we know the importance of planning and options. We have backup flights, alternate routing mapped, and check weather forecasts like seasoned meteorologist. We understand & accept that weather-related ripple effects/ a mechanical, any number of things can throw our well-made plans right out the window and have the Non-Rev prayer memorialized.
    But even the most unflappable/chill among us can have a moment of angst and what gives me angst are GATES!

    Why does the shortest connection time always require the longest race between gates?

    Why is it that when I have a short connect time SKYLINK (DFW) is down for “Unscheduled Maintenance”?

    Why is it, that when I’m trying to catch that ‘last chance to get me home flight’, the moving walkways at ((PHX) aren’t moving and I have to make an Olympic sprint from concourse B (gate 2) to the second B concourse (gate 19). Donna I'm telling you it takes alot more than 5 minutes when everything works. *wink*

    So what gives you non-rev angst?
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    Two flights at 6 am. Both are red. Different airports (in my case Lga vs Jfk). You choose one, don’t get on only to find out I could’ve gotten on the other oversold flight.

    Everything looks bad so you decide to no go. Only to discover you could’ve gotten on... in first.

    All set to go. Flight looks great. Already decided what to have for predeparture drink, dinner and dessert. At the last minute, sorry, this flight is weight restricted.

    One time at Dfw when a new agent is being trained. Assured all of us we’d be rolled over. Get to the new gate and we weren’t rolled over. No time to add us to the list. After the flight leaves, I’m even lower on the list because the computer thinks I was a no answer and loose my original check in time. At least two flights leave that I could’ve gotten on had I been properly rolled over.

    Like mig, have also run marathons at Dfw and Phx. I’m sure there are plenty more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isppilot View Post
    Two flights at 6 am. Both are red. Different airports (in my case Lga vs Jfk). You choose one, donít get on only to find out I couldíve gotten on the other oversold flight.
    Been there, except my airports were LAX vs LGB. I remember thinking LAX was definitely the better way to go - it wasn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migflanker View Post
    As successful pass riders we know the importance of planning and options. We have backup flights, alternate routing mapped, and check weather forecasts like seasoned meteorologist. We understand & accept that weather-related ripple effects/ a mechanical, any number of things can throw our well-made plans right out the window and have the Non-Rev prayer memorialized.
    But even the most unflappable/chill among us can have a moment of angst and what gives me angst are GATES!

    Why does the shortest connection time always require the longest race between gates?

    Why is it that when I have a short connect time SKYLINK (DFW) is down for “Unscheduled Maintenance”?

    Why is it, that when I’m trying to catch that ‘last chance to get me home flight’, the moving walkways at ((PHX) aren’t moving and I have to make an Olympic sprint from concourse B (gate 2) to the second B concourse (gate 19). Donna I'm telling you it takes alot more than 5 minutes when everything works. *wink*

    So what gives you non-rev angst?
    Sky Harbor terminal 4 can definitely be a challenge. There is always something not working.

    I am only bothered when other people are with me. I can hang out waiting without difficulty and make alternative plans on the fly when I am alone but add someone else into the mix and instant angst. The go/no-go decision is generally easy for me. I have to admit that I have been pretty blessed and gotten onto flights that I had no business getting a seat on through sheer luck. Not to jinx myself but the non-rev gods, like the parking gods, seem to like me. Or it could be that I simply choose no-go when I suspect I will get stuck. I'll let you know which it is since I am non-revving to BOS the Friday before the 4th of July. It should be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSDS1DONNA View Post
    I have to admit that I have been pretty blessed and gotten onto flights that I had no business getting a seat on through sheer luck.
    One of many that comes to mind was two winters ago, day after a major blizzard. Had plans to attend a wedding in PHX. Originally going for the 6am day prior. JFK doesn't open til noon. My friend on a rev ticket asks if I'd be interested in driving all night to PHL for a 6 am out of PHL to ORD to PHX. I say, thanks but no thanks. Try for anything going west - LAX,SFO,DFW and of course PHX. Even find a RDU-LAX connection that might work. After the last PHX flight leaves, I head over to LAX. SFO across the way is on final boarding. Hmm, calling names and no answer. I walk over and ask if there are any seats left. They said they would walk me down, maybe. I get a window in Y. After a quick 4 hour nap at the hotel, head back to SFO for the 6am to phx day of. Luckily, it's an evening wedding so I catch some more zzz when my room finally became available. P.S. Couldn't find it in my heart to tell the folks back in NY dealing with 0 degree temperatures that I had to use the AC in the rental car while in PHX.

    Or the time I bought a rev ticket from SEA-LAX to get back to JFK as I really had to get back to NY. The nonstop flight to jfk was way oversold but I'm early for my flight down to LAX so I go by the gate as they call my name. Nonstop trumps maybe getting stuck in LAX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSDS1DONNA View Post
    Sky Harbor terminal 4 can definitely be a challenge. There is always something not working.
    That I can believe. As many times as I've sprinted between the B concourses, I've never seen both the east and west walkways moving. I thought it was me.
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    When while after running because your domestic flight was delayed you see your international flight where you were supposed to be up front is there but the is closed. Another thing, when you flight is delayed, a lot of time we have to wait at the gate because there is nobody to move the jet bridge.
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    PHL is unbelievable it takes so long to the terminal for international depertures. Going to the eagle terminal can be quite a challenge in LAX. Nowadays if I do not have at least 90mm to connect I get affaid, specially if I am in the extreme back of the plane.
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    Flights are quite unpredictable nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedman View Post
    Going to the eagle terminal can be quite a challenge in LAX.
    Ah yes LAX and the shuttle to/from the Eagle's nest - not a fan; although the kids do seem to like the ride on the tarmac.
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