Frequent Flyer’s Intricate Itinerary

July 17, 2008

in Luggage Stories

I am a loyal AA Platinum member – but still shop to make certain I have a good fare. Travelling to MCO last March I found a nice fare on AA which required two flight changes, but it was a Saturday so I was fine with that. The itinerary was MCI-ORD-LGA-MCO departing MCI at 1155 and arriving MCO at 2130. The first segment, MCI-ORD went without a hitch. ORD-LGA was first delayed 30 minutes before boarding, and then diverted to BWI due to WX at LGA. We arrived LGA too late for the connect to MCO. The gate agent at LGA wanted to send out the next morning LGA-DFW-MCO. I suggested she instead put me on the next flight to MIA (which was sitting two gates down delayed several hours) and connect at 0620 the next morning MIA-MCO. She thought that was a grand idea – but I had to go back through security to claim my checked luggage and re-check the bag – which I did as there was ample time before the 2330 delayed departure.

Arrived MIA at about 0300 and stayed in the terminal to wait for the 0620 flight – which now showed an 0715 departure due to crew. We pulled away from the gate at 0715, and promptly pulled back into the gate to repair a mechanical – about a 35 minute delay. Again, we left the gate and halfway to the end of the runway the pilot announced a return to the gate for another mechanical. I arrived MCO at 1040 Sunday local time – about 22 hours after departure from MCI. My bags did not. My bags arrived Monday at about 1030. On the return flight I had yet again another three segment flight at MY choice as I wanted to ride an A-300 – this time MCO-MIA-DFW-MCI. The flights went as advertised and I arrived close to on-time at MCI on Thursday. My bags arrived at two different times – one arrived later Thursday night and the other arrived around noon Friday. This trip was a dream.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt July 23, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I should be LMO about this story, but there was TMI regarding all of the Airport Identifiers such as MCI, DFW etc for me to even follow the story. WTF?


spinotter October 12, 2008 at 3:07 am

You chose the itinerary with two stops to get a better price. You must face the attendant risk of missed connections. Pay more next time and go non-stop or one-stop.


Jennifer November 7, 2008 at 8:33 pm

You kind of brought this situation on yourself with all the stops. I automatically assume the airline will not be perfect. The more segments your flight has, the greater the risk your luggage disappears either temporarily or permanently.


Rob April 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I missed the problem. Was it hidden in the MCI-ORD-LGA-MCO?


stphn g April 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm




Isabel April 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm



Anonymous April 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

Use full words and quit trying to make yourself seem smarter than everybody else.


Anonymous April 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

lmfao stfu noob srsly


Chris April 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

LOL WTF maybe you shouldn't willingly make such a convoluted schedule.


Mike April 6, 2009 at 4:40 am

So was this for a TDY? PCS? Leave? I've been there and done that at BWI and DFW. The trips home from Iraq and Afghanistan seem to always get delayed too, but you always arrive early on the way there. That's a serious WTF. If you ever get stuck overnight at BWI, head to Cancun Cantina…'s a good time!


tom April 11, 2009 at 1:53 am

Heres an idea…dont make connections between 2 of the nations busiest airports no matter how good the deal.


GetReal April 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

That's what you get for being cheap.


Anonymous May 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

hey he said it was a dream. so long as he had a good time.


College Kid November 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

you sure like making note of what time it is.


Thi Halpern January 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Dude, please try using full names of airports/places instead of trying to show-off that you know your airport codes. The idea of a post is to get across a story or message.


Boydboy April 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

To some of the responders: if you can't follow along with the airport codes than you shouldn't bother reading a website about flying. That is how frequent flyers communicate.

To the OP I do not understand why any experienced flyer would take a flight with 2 connections on any trip, much less such a short domestic trip.


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