I have been stuck in MSP for about five hours - and it looked like it was going to be more. My flight from DTW-MSP was delayed due to weather in ORF, which is fine. Then, there was a MX issue with the right tire on the DC-9. That is fine, too...what is not fine is that my flight was still here just a few gates away, but they closed the flight five minutes prior to our arrival.
Now, I know I am not special - just a regular joe - but they had a list of the people who had connections and had a boarding card printed out. That is good forward thinking. However, mine was for TOMORROW AM! There is a flight at 9:35p and I kept hearing no no no. I was already miffed the flight was not held a few more minutes - but I understand. However, to not find a way to get me onto the later flight and just assume I am going to be fine with a hotel stay, no compensation and a total ruin of my plans is not all right. I have to pick someone up at PDX tonight at midnight - which would have worked out perfectly. I also have a hotel reservation down in Oregon tonight.
Now, I understand this happens - and weather and MX is an issue I am fine with. But do they do that all the time - any airline - w/o even checking if you want to stand-by, etc.? I think the Twin Cities are nice - but I do not want to stay here tonight.
Anyway, I got on the 9:35p flight - albeit a middle seat. I am hoping to get an exit row seat so I can sit aisle or window. I am definitely not complaining, athough I will be getting in four hours later. It is much better than it could be. However, compensation - besides hotel - is not warranted if I were stuck on the AM flight tomorrow?
Any feedback is appreciated - let me just add, I am not really complaining, just asking - and I am not flaming NW. In fact, I was happy I got to take a DC-9 flight today (maybe my last?). I like them very much and this is an anomaly as far as their service - which is superb more often than not. That's why I use them instead of DL, who I had been a supported of for 10+ years.