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Friday September 20, 2002
12:29 PM

Travel coronary

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I bought my tickets to Mac OS X Con on, and then Jenine pointed out that I'd be away for Raley's birthday. D'oh. No problem, brace my ass for a reaming and call cheaptickets to change the tickets.


Cheaptickets never answer their phones. Frontier, the airline I'm flying, won't change the flights for me, but want me to go through Cheaptickets. Who don't answer their phones.

I spent a half-hour trying every option, scouring the web site for alternate locations to call, and gave up when I felt like my chest was going to explode from stress. I'm missing my daughter's first birthday because I can't change my ticket, which is not an unreasonable nor uncommon request. So we're organizing a birthday party on another week, but ... gah!

Ugh, my blood pressure rose just writing this. I should have used the local travel agent. My sister spent three days trying to find a good price for flights to China in November, and couldn't get much below $1000. Three minutes on the phone with the local Aggie Travel (that's its name, folks! I am not making this up) and she had a price $300 better. When will I learn that the Internet sucks for commerce?


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  • ... and call it a lesson learned? If it were me, I could stomach eating the ticket more easily than missing my son's first birthday. YMMV as always.

  • Should have used priceline, 'cause they've got that supercomputer.

    And they've got Shatner ready at hand to start confuzzling it with illogic and make smoke come out of its ears if it gets out of hand.

    Or something.