Monday, July 30, 2012

Blogging from NYC, Day 6

We decided that this would be a sleep-in day.  Our flight wasn’t supposed to leave until 5:25, so the plan was to check out of the hostel, store our luggage, shop, eat, and meet back at the hostel at 2:00 to get to the airport. 

One group went to Dash and the other went to the Strand in Union Square.  I personally managed to spend my children’s inheritance (without feeling guilty), and our group also managed to be late getting back to the hostel.  There were no negative effects, and we got to the airport with plenty of time to spare.  The news that the flight was delayed by an hour wasn’t met with much concern, because it would give us time to eat before boarding.  But then the flight was canceled.  This wouldn’t have been too much concern, either, except that rebooking twelve people is much more difficult that rebooking one or two.  We got on the phone with the reservation agent (one strike against Delta:  Their Group Reservation desk is closed on weekends, meaning that a group can get no help from someone who knows what’s going on during the weekend) who couldn’t get all of us on another flight until 7:30pm on Saturday.  We offered to fly to Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, with as many connections as needed, but no luck.

The next challenge was finding a place to stay.  When we called the hospitality group recommended by Delta, the message stated that New York was experiencing a citywide sellout.  Oops.  After a lot of trying, we finally called Expedia and asked the agent to help us find any hotel that had a shuttle to LaGuardia.  We found one that was right next to the airport and actually had three rooms available.  We congregated in one room to watch the Olympics and then went to sleep.

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