Saturday, April 17, 2010

Iceland's volcano

All bets are off this upcoming week as far as what's going to happen. According to the USAirways site:

Cities Affected

Brussels, Belgium ; Paris, France (Charles de Gaulle) ; Frankfurt, Germany ; Munich, Germany ; Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Zurich, Switzerland

Date Range

4/15/2010 12:30 PM ET through 4/20/2010 11:30 PM ET

Revised Ticket Policy

US Airways has relaxed ticketing policies for the impacted cities listed above. US Airways will allow one itinerary change without penalty for customers with travel to, from or through the cities listed above during the specified date range. See our revised ticketing policy below for rules and restrictions. Call 800-428-4322 for more information.

  • US Airways will waive the advance purchase and standard change fee.
  • You can move your entire itinerary up to fourteen days before or after the scheduled origination date (subject to original booking class availability).
  • You can apply the full value of your wholly unused tickets toward the purchase of a ticket to an alternate destination, although travel must originate within seven days of the scheduled origination date. Changes to origin and destination may result in an increase in fare. Any difference in fare between your new ticket and the original ticket will be collected at the time of booking.
The German students are scheduled to go home on Tuesday.

Which would be April 20. Who knows, though: they may still be here next weekend. Or they may actually get on their flight to PA and then get stranded there for who-knows-how-long.

Let's recap:
  • July 1996--Days before we are scheduled to fly home from England, TWA 800 crashes off Long Island. While our flight home was not cancelled, airport security was freakin' bizarre. The flight wasn't exactly relaxing either, on top of traveling with a 3-year-old boy.
  • September 2001--My niece Rosellen and her boyfriend-at-the-time are midway into their flight from Birmingham to Chicago when all hell breaks loose on the East Coast of the U.S. They end up rerouted to Amsterdam and thence home. I doubt Boyfriend has ever boarded another airplane; that was his first flight ever, and the first time he had left the country.
  • July 2005--Sparky is on a People to People trip with about twenty other 11-and 12-year-olds. Beast is in the hospital with fucked-up discs in his back. MIL calls at 7 a.m. as I'm racing out the door to see Beast to ask me precisely where Sparky is right now, and when I tell her ", on his way from London across the Channel on a ferry," she sighs gratefully...and tells me not to watch the news. Right.
I've omitted all the other rather shocking things that have happened in the world while we were on vacation, but a short list should suffice: Jeffrey Dahmer's arrest, the shooting at the Capitol, Princess Di's death.

Point being, I guess, is that stuff happens and we have learned over the years to roll with all the possibilities of Things That Can Happen To Screw Up Your Travel Plans.

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