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Christmas Eve at O’Hare

I went to bed early last night, all prepared for our 6:30 a.m. flight to New York City. At midnight, the phone rings — and it’s American Airlines calling to tell us that our flight has been delayed until 8:50 a.m. (How they knew that nearly nine hours in advance, I have no idea, but I thanked them for it). holidaytravel4

This coincides with another update in the travel life of Christine: I fly way too much and as proof of that fact, last week I was  upgraded to Platinum elite AAdvantage status on American.

There’s a part of me that liked getting that “congratulations” email–but another part of me felt like it was an indictment of my whole lifestyle. Since when did it become a good idea to travel more than 60 individual legs on one airline in a year? Yikes.

Anyway, I’d like to think that late-night, much-appreciated call was part of the special privilege being an elite “member” of the “American Airlines travel family” (see — that’s the part of me that loves the Platinum status) but since it’s Christmas Eve, I hope they called everyone.

It’s a 35 minute flight to O’Hare, but with snow, ice and limited ground crew, we sat on the plane for well over two hours (including more than an hour in the penalty box at ORD) and now, surprise surprise, we’re hanging out in Chicago for our delayed flight to LGA.

I’m optimistic that we’ll make it back to New York City in time for Christmas Eve dinner with my parents.

Merry Christmas to all — and to all a safe flight!

December 24, 2008 - Posted by | A Day in the Life

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