In late April I decided to make a trip to Australia to visit my family. We where able to get a fair coming for Philadelphia (where I live ) for $1,206 for a flight on June 8th returning June 22nd. I would fly to LAX on US Airways and then take the Qantas A380 straight to MEL.
Now I am putting a spin on my TR this trip is in the View of a UM (Un-accompanied Minor)
I would be doing to trip by my self and due to to my young age I had to travel as a UM.
Now my dad had to fly me to LAX? Why? Because apparently An airline made a mistake with a transfer with a UM and this kid ended up in Florida when he was so-posed to be going somewhere else and left the airport when he landed and when to a Police station saying he was "lost" in a different state! So now UM can't make a transfer between different airlines without a guardian, now anyone feel free to correct me if i am wrong because i don't know if this is %100 percent true it's just what me and my Dad herd when he had to come with me to LAX.
So I left around 3:15 PM from my place to go to PHL and the time it takes to drive to the airport differs, sometimes it takes 30 minutes, sometimes an hour. We arrived at the airport at about 3:50 PM. My Dad and I were dropped off at terminal 3 the US Airways domestic terminal. There wasn't very much of a line but when my dad asked "Is it possible to check his bags in all the way to Australia" the lady who was looking a different direction and chewing gum said "You have to go to the International terminal to do that." So even know that was about at 7 minute walk we did it and once we got to the Internahinol terminal the person we helped me check in my bags said "Thats strange, the lady at terminal 3 is able to check your bags all the way through." Me and my dad were so annoyed.
|Terminal 3 the domestic terminal where I was told to go to International|
Terminal 3 where I was told to go the International terminal to check in my bags
The check-in desks in Terminal 3
So once we checked in our bags (I was able to check in my bag all the way) we went to security witch took a quick 10 minutes.
So once I got though security my dad and I got a snack and then he read the news paper while I did some spotting.
|British Airways 737 sitting at the gate at PHL|
British Airways 737???? Sitting at the Gate
|Lufthansa A340 sitting at the gate at PHL|
|Air France A340 sitting at the gate at PHL|
Air France A340
So then we made our walk over to Terminal 3 again but this time inside of the Airport!
Once there I did some more spotting but there was nothing rely interesting besides this....
|US Airways Eagles A321|
The Eagles A321 I think
Now it was about 5:00 PM by then and I had an 6:00 PM flight so my dad and I headed to the gate. Once we got there we waited for a while just chilled but at about 5:20 they announced that there was a delay for and mechanical reason but also there was 2 much wait for our A320 so they had to get a different plane (the plane wasn't even at the gate yet) The delay was till 7:40 but I still had enough time to make my 10:00 flight to MEL. So we just waited we go to 7:30 and they said there was a problem with the plane that we got and there was another delay till 8:30. By then we were starting to stress about making my connection. We boarded the plane at 8:30 but since the plane was still overweight we had to take off from the International runway and we didn't take off till 9:00 and by then we were expecting not to make my flight.
Once we landed there was a US Airways worked waiting at the end of the walkway to get us. She told me and my dad that the qantas pilot was not willing to wait 15 minutes to get me on the plane so we had to spend 24 hours in LA till I could get on the next flight. So here is he lit of things that this delay messed up!
1. I missed my flight and there is only 1 flight out of LAX going to MEL a day.
2. My dad and I had to stay in a hotel that night.
3. My dad had to work the next day
4. My dad had to change his flight
5. I missed my great-grade mothers funeral which i was so-posed to speak at.
Now my bag was on a plane was somewhere in LAX and the only time i was going to b able to get my bag was when i arrived at australia so now I was staying in a hotel for a night without a change of cloths!
Tuesday June 9th.
So when we woke up the next mourning we had breakfast and then went to to airport to get my tickets and my dad's. When we got to the US Airways desk they were able to give my dad his ticket for the red eye flight so that he could take me to my flight. They told us to get my tickets I had to have my passport and be at the Qantas desk so we went to our hotel and got my documents and then went to the Qantas desk. (This was all before 9:00 AM)
When we got to the Qantas desk they told me I was on the Wednesday flight! We were so mad! We went back to the US Airways desk and they called United and Air New Zealand and asked if they would be able to take me that night, ANZ said no but United took me. Thank you United!!
Then we went back to our hotel and had lunch and then told me he was going to try to get me a business class seat! Together we went to the United International desk and offered my dad and upgrade for $550 which he took so that made me happy!
Look for part 2 which includes the flight!