Friday, March 7, 2008

What a day!

Just when I thought Spring had sprung in Texas, we get a snowstorm in March. I was out of the state on business travel this week with plans to fly home yesterday (Thursday afternoon). But American Airlines cancelled all flights. Not just delayed for the weather to pass, but cancelled. My co-worker and I immediately tried to book a flight on other airlines. It wasn't to be - each one had cancelled their flights. The earliest flight we could get was late afternoon on Friday. And with more snow in the forecast, I started to wonder if any flights would leave the ground.

Then we strolled over to Southwest Airlines. All flights were good to go! We booked one on the spot, then called into the office. That's when the reaming began -we were informed that the company does not approve of SWA, will not reimburse any travel on SWA and will not insure us for any travel while on SWA.

Wow. Pure hatred of all things SWA. We got the message and cancelled the flights, then headed for the rental car counter. Our company would pay for a rental car to get us home, but not a SWA ticket.

So, after driving 12+ hours, we finally arrived at our home destinations. The most amazing part was that the airport was still shutdown as we drove in, but the "snow" was gone and the streets clear as a whistle.


  1. Let me see if I can understand the logic.....

    Your company won't permit you and your co-worker to fly on the only airline operating in bad weather to the point where they won't reimburse or insure your travel if you do....but they are fine with you driving a rental car in the same bad weather which has much lower safety than when on a plane especially having to drive several hours to your destination.

    Sigh,...more corporate idiocy/lunacy at work...and a blatant disregard for the welfare of their employees.

    Well, that's why we invest and strive for financial independence. =)

    Glad you made it home safe and sound.

  2. Thanks. I am glad to be home. Financial Independence is looking better all of the time.