In August 2000 my coworker and I had to fly to San Francisco for a meeting. We hadn't booked a flight in advance, so being the junior member of the team I was tasked with finding a good deal. (It's a task that I rather enjoy, actually.)
didn't have MDW
nonstop as they do now, and perhaps TZ
didn't to the Bay Area either. In any event, I had seen the N7
ticket counter at MDW
and knew about their product and their layover policy. AA
were quoting $1600-2000 prices and were out of the question.
One night I rang N7
and they quoted $400 roundtrip with an overnight layover in Las Vegas on the return trip. My coworker was skeptical about staying in Vegas for a night, but I was able to persuade him to do it. The flights to LAS
and then to SFO
went great (we changed planes in the new D terminal which is very nice), and we drove to central California for our business meeting.
Well, the meeting lasted longer than we anticipated, and as we drove north back to SFO
we realized that we'd miss the last N7
flight of the day to LAS
. So we called WN
and asked if they could accommodate us, and they said sure, we have an evening SJC
flight that you can be on for $100. We then called National and said, can we skip our SFO
tonight but still fly the LAS
tomorrow? They said sure no problem. So we booked our one-way SJC
and then stayed at Harrah's for $65 per room. National and Harrah's also had a deal then where you could have your luggage transported from the hotel to the airport -- you could drop off your luggage at the hotel before your flight and not have to worry about it any further until landing.
I wound up staying up all night and playing at Harrah's, Mirage, Caesars, Bellagio, and Paris, winning about $800 during the evening. I took a shower at about 6am at Harrah's and went to the airport for our flight home. I never even pulled the sheets off the bed. I told people it was a $65 shower but well worth it considering my winnings, and how fun the whole experience was.
When the demise of N7
finally occurred, I was sad, but of course I realize the industry in a more macroscopic perspective now. B6
from the east, WN
now has seven daily nonstops from MDW
, and they also now serve MDW
now that would have worked for us on that trip as well.
Thanks for creating this thread and allowing me to remember my one N7
trip. It will be with my fondly always.