A quick note: There’s about 80 of us going on our trip to Israel next week, and Stacie and I were in the first group to book back in the summer. At first, we were to fly through Franfurt, Germany on the way to Tel Aviv, but then the tour company changed plans and now we’re on Air France through Paris (not a long enough layover to go anywhere).
But while a large majority of the trip-goers got their electronic tickets weeks ago, there’s a lucky 13 of us who still haven’t gotten our ticket notifications, myself and Stacie included (along with our church’s trip coordinator). Our coordinator has been hounding the travel agency head-dude to get information about the delay, but they keep replying that it’s “a glitch in the Air France computers” and to be patient.
Patient-smatient, we’re friggin flying out in a few days! We need to know we’re booked on a plane!
Well, it turns out that the “glitch” was actually that Air France overbooked the flight, and thus bumped the 13 of us onto a later flight. Unacceptable. But rather than the tour company letting this happen, they at least went ahead and booked us on a parallel flight via British Airways through London Heathrow. Unfortunately, the flight leaves later, so we’ll be waiting around at the airport longer, and we arrive earlier than the main group, so we’ll be waiting in Tel Aviv too. But the layover in London is less than 2 hours (assuming I found the correct flight as we don’t know our flight number yet). Guess I need to bring extra books! Wish I had an Amazon Kindle at this point!
Another bad thing about this switch is that instead of stopping in France where we can purchase snacks, etc. on the Euro, we now have to pay with the British Pound (or use a credit card that converts against the pound). Eh, it’s a few cents (or dollars) more, depending on what we buy.
One good thing that comes out of this is the tour company is sending each of us (the 13 people) a check for $100 for our troubles. Hopefully we’re not subjected to extra fees with British Airways that would negate the savings versus riding with Air France.
I’m still holding out hopes they could only find first-class seats for us 🙂