Pffft. Mine was 2 hours 40 minutes
I had been flying ROC
in December on Pinnacle and Northwest. However, the inbound Pinnacle flight went mx back in DTW
so I would end up missing my connection (and one of my only chances to fly on a DC-9-30). I get rebooked on a flight from DTW
on what I was told to be a CRJ-900--luckily I checked the seatmap online (ROC
has free wi-fi) and got the second exit window on what was actually going to be a DC-9-50. We get to DTW
, and I have a 5 hour layover (got meal vouchers, luckily). The plane was inbound from PHL
(which had just gone through the snowstorm and was a mess) so we end up leaving an hour late.
Long story short, we land at JFK
around 20 minutes late, and then taxi over to Terminal 4. We wait on the ramp for about 20 minutes with the engines running, and then we finally pull into a remote stand. We were told the terminal was full, and we would get a bus and some stairs shortly. They shut off the engines and turn off the seatbelt sign. We then proceed to wait 2 hours for the stairs to come. They finally show up. Around 30 minutes later, a bus arrives, and 10 minutes after that someone comes to open the door from the outside. It took 30 minutes to unload the plane because the bus had to make two trips.
Here's the kicker... when I got rebooked, my checked bag didn't. In fact, it sat on the tarmac in ROC
for 2 days (in a blizzard, I should add), and finally arrived on Christmas Day. Apparently Santa is an overweight Hispanic guy with a black van. The tag on the bag said LGA
However, for the entire ordeal, I got $175 in vouchers and 4,000 SkyMiles. In addition, because I flew into JFK
(and not LGA
), I got a 10,000-mile (loyalty?) bonus. Considering the fact that I paid $199 for the itinerary (I was going to fly JFK
nonstop a few weeks later), and that I would have gotten only 1,501 SkyMiles originally, I think it was worth it
[Edited 2010-05-26 15:40:09]
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