I was flying to Detroit. My flight was leaving at midnight, a red eye. My friend was picking me up at 7:30 am. I took the only direct flight from Oakland to Detroit. It was my first time on this airline, one many people avoid I heard.
The day of the flight I did not receive notice to check in, a message I always receive when I am flying. I initiated the check in myself and was told more information was needed and I was directed to call a specific number. I did so and was told there was a 75 minute hold before I could talk to a representative. I did not have that amount of time available so I decided to check in at the airport.
At 7pm my husband got an email, not me, that the flight was cancelled. He called and was on hold when I returned home from a meeting. We both pursued the airlines on two different phones and on the internet.
Eventually I spoke with a person who told me the flight was cancelled because of weather. My only option, given I was dedicated to reaching Detroit this weekend, was to take the same flight the next night. I made the arrangement.
I called my friend in Detroit and informed her of the change. She said the weather was ideal there.
My husband was angry at the whole situation: flight cancelled, blaming weather, waiting on two phones for what seemed like forever, and finally, on one phone, reaching a representative from the airline who insisted on speaking Spanish. He does not.
I handled it differently. I recognize when I have no control or options. I let it go.
As I have said before, onward.