Hi Carol now retired
As you may recall, I take one cruise. a year spending a few days pre cruise and sometimes post cruise in a city where I leave from or arrive to.
I live in Austin, TX as you know. Last September I flew to Seattle from Austin to take an Alaskan cruise.
I always sleep in the airport the night before but I really sleep in the airport itself. I go the night before I fly out. My friends can not believe that I do something they consider "crazy"
Well last year, the Austin Airport experienced a major electrical failure about 4 or 5 a.m. Everything went black. There was no power.
Doors to the airport had to be locked for security reasons. No one was allowed out or in.
There are not many roads to the airport. One crew member had to get out of his taxi and walk the last mile. Pilots could not get in. Flights were cancelled.
After a few hours, we had power but there were major lines even trying to get into the airport.
My plane left about an hour late and half full even though it was supposed to be full. Passengers were unable to make the flight because of the power outage.
So because I slept at the airport, I was on my flight to Seattle even though it was one hour late
I am flying to London this October to take a cruise. I was planning on spending five nights in London pre-cruise. My cruise is from Southampton to Lisbon. I will spend four nights in Lisbon post-cruise.
I booked through Delta which is putting me on Virgin Atlantic. I have had three changes thus far. One change reduced the lay over in Boston from Lisbon to Austin. I liked the 6 hour layover but now I will only have a 4 hour layover. I booked this flight because it had a 6 hour layover in Boston rather than a 4 hour layover in Philadelphia , I do not like rushing and stress but now I have ended up with a 4 hour layover in Boston exactly what I did not want.
But I got a third notification of change from Virgin Atlantic. I kept looking at the notification to see what the new time was but I could not find it. And then I realized, VA had changed my date. They were flying me in 24 hours earlier. So now I will be in London 6 days instead of five. This is ok but I had to book an additional hotel room and since it was a Saturday, it was expensive. I had deliberately booked my pre-cruise Sunday through Friday so as to avoid the expense of a Saturday night stay.
And guess what happened. I am staying Saturday night and it is expensive.
I am not leaving until October and it is only August. What more?
I always buy insurance and I bet that you do also.