I arrived back yesterday after one of the most unforgetabble and unforgivable trips of my life...i originally did not have many plans for my spring break but my friends really wanted me to come to Las Vegas with them....we sat down on last sunday night and started bidding on priceline for the next day....we got our tickets and hotel through priceline.....little did we know what was to follow..
We arrived at Bostons logan airport on time for our 445pm departure to Philadelphia on USairways. We were checked in in no time and as we proceeded towards our gate with the boarding cards in our hands.Boarding commenced behind schedule on our first leg of the flight. The plane was a neat A319 EOW...wonder what that EOW stood for. At Logan other then the usual US carriers i just saw the VS B742. Our flight to PHL was a short one......once on the ground at PHL we had about an hour or so to kill till our next flight to Las Vegas. At PHL it was great to see many US widebodies in their great black paint scheme. Other then that i saw atleast two British Airways planes...one of them was a B777 and the other seemed to be a B767 from a distance...im not sure.
We boarded US 621 nonstop service to LAS onboard a B757-200. The flight was almost full and push back was definately behind schedule...we taxied a little bit after which we were stuck at the same spot for atleast 15-20 mins. The airport was very busy at that time and i guess we were struggling to find slot. We made a powerful take off and we sat back for our 5 hour flight to LAS. For those of you who might be wondering howcome i have not said anything about the service yet.....well simply because there is NO such thing as service onboard on most domestic flights in USA even if they are long. They served drinks once and along with that a small box which read "assorted snacks" which were not only horrible but unedible. The flight attendants were rude and it seemed they were doing everyone a huge favor by giving them a glass of water. But the cheapest thing i have ever experienced on a plane has got to be the fact that they charge money for headsets!!! that was unbelievable.....
We were happy to land in Vegas over the amazing lights at night....once out of the plane we ate food at the airport since we were starved in the plane. But our excitment and smiles were short lived....even before we landed in Vegas we all agreed that we wont start gambling until the last two days of our stay....we said this because once you start gambling you really cant stop specially if you loose in the begining and then all you do in the entire trip is gamble!!!...obviously none of us followed that.....it didnt take me long at all to check in at the hotel and by the time i had the room keys in my hand one of my friend was already down in 3 figures...
The gambling spree didnt end until our flight back 4 days later and everyone was down......we never wanted to come back to Vegas! but you will not believe what happened later that night.
After going through the security check and everything at LAS with the boarding card in our hands....we sat down at a restaurant to eat with time not on our side. Obviously our minds were not working at that time and when i finally decided to look at my watch after finishing the food, we ran to the gate. "You know what.....you guys just missed your flight,"said the lady at the gate to me with a smile on her face.....for a few seconds i could not believe what had just happened.....she said she had given our seats to someone else on this flight to Charlotte. She would try to put us on the next USairways flight leaving in half an hour to Philadelphia but chances of that happening were slim since it was oversold....when boarding commenced for the flight to PHL it was annouced essentially that all stand by pax can f**k off since there is no room..... now they bumped us on a flight to Pittsburgh and this would be our last chance as after midnight our priceline tickets would be void. Still trying to come to terms with reality i could not belive that i managed to miss my flight. Even before the boarding of the Pittsburgh flight we knew we had no chance on this flight either since i had a long talk with a USair guy......it was time to make alternate arrangements....sadly we had very little choice but to buy another ticket
. We called a friend in Boston and told him to buy tickets for us on Priceline since we had no access to a computer. The tickets we got this time were even more expensive then the ticket we just wasted. We got Continental flights leaving the next day at 1120pm so now we had to spend yet another night and day in Vegas. Once back at the strip how could one resist the temptation of gambling
..... to put it in short by the time we boarded CO 580 nonstop service to Cleveland onboard a B737-800,the next night, my account balance was almost slashed in half. The B737-800 was seemed very big for a B737(ive been on the 200,300,400 series). The plane had alot of screens throughout the cabin....no food till CLE on the 3 hour plus flight but i must say the flight attendants on the CO flight were super polite and curteous....our stop in CLE was an agonizing 3 hours but i must say that CLE is the nicest airport i have seen in America....specially concourse D. Our short flight to Boston was onboard Continental Expess on a Embraer 145. They were not more then 20 people on this small jet...only one flight attendant. The leather seats on this plane were comfortable...we landed before time on a very cloudy Boston morning over the south past I-93, Castle Island and Umass Boston.
Happy to be back in Boston....need to ask my dad for more money though
I will be doing another trip report as i have to go to Karachi in 10 days for a week....hope you found this one interesting....i certainly fo....never mind ...