Why Does Anyone Fly United Airlines?

Sorry for the blur. There is little headroom for your average United passenger and even less leg room.

Sorry for the blur. There is little headroom for your average United passenger and even less leg room.

Why does anyone fly with United Airlines? Really. Tell me if you know.

I thought I would fly to New York City on United Airlines as they offered a number of choices for routes from Sacramento at reasonable prices.

Then my plans changed and I needed to revise my ticket to start in Nashville. United Airlines charged a $200 fee to change my ticket.

Goodbye any savings.

Plus I had to call Customer Service and spend 30 minutes on a very poor quality line. If I had not slogged through the automated computer answering service to speak with a representative I would have had to pay even more.

Really? A $200 fee for changing my $436 ticket!

There was no room at my feet for carryons, so I popped open my overhead and bin to find this. Where are you supposed to put your bag on United? I am not talking suitcase--just briefcase.

There was no room at my feet for carryons, so I popped open my overhead and bin to find this. Where are you supposed to put your bag on United? I am not talking suitcase–just briefcase.

Why does anyone fly with United?

I wrote the above in January but did not post. I do not like to rant as a rule. Then I decided to branch out of my usual Southwest Airlines rut and booked round trip tickets to Miami with Delta Airlines. I booked on-line and I distinctly remember selecting an early morning flight on Sunday because I am too old to do red-eye flights any longer. My bad: I just put the Delta confirmation in my travel folder instead of checking it. Turns out the website assigned me the red-eye flight afterall.

My hotel booking is now off by a night and I will be arriving just as the conference starts. Plus I will likely be sleep deprived.

I was hoping to find an alternative to Southwest because sometimes they are not the lowest fare or the most convenient times or in this case they fly into Ft Lauderdale (not Miami).

So I am making the most of the extra day at home with my dog. I checked with the hotel so I can access my room (that I am paying for anyway) for a quick shower before I got to the conference. Plus I will try my old buddy Tylenol PM and hope I sleep.

This is why no one says “travel is glamorous” anymore.

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