This post is a follow-up to what I encountered on leaving Burning Man Friday via the Burner Express in hopes of catching my Friday night flight out of Reno at 7:15pm.
The trip back to the airport was slightly uneventful. I say slightly because I was under the assumption that shuttles would be picking me up at 9 & G at 6am, 8am and 10am and they didn't. I walked over to 6 &G at 9pm after waiting 2 hours for the shuttle. When the buses arrived, I was told that the shuttles only ran at 10am that day. Anyway, I packed my stuff on the bus and we headed straight to Reno airport. They didn't make stops at the trash place nor did they try to recycle bikes. I was lucky because my camp mate wanted my bike. Maybe I missed the convo about the trash and bikes, and maybe that's why they didn't stop. I'm thinking the trash, grey water and recycled bikes must've went in a separate truck or at least I hope it did. Anyway, we made it back to the airport at ~3:30pm. Which gave me plenty of time to wash in the bathroom, style my hair, brush my teeth and change my clothes.
After I checked in, I went to my gate and was told my flight was cancelled
They then told me to go back to the ticketing agent to get a new flight. I stormed back to the ticketing area only to find out that the ticketing clerks were the gate clerks....So no business could be handled until they came back! When they did come back, they told me the only flight that could be found was one leaving early the next day, which would make me miss my cruise.
I spoke to other airline agents and they all told me the same thing except for SWA. I was told they had 1 more ticket left, and it was leaving in 30 min. I ran back to AA only to find that they were at the gate, and wouldn't be back for awhile (1hr). I couldn't get my bags from them, so I missed the flight. When they got back, I was told to ask SWA for any flight leaving out of the airport, so they could get me a connecting flight somewhere else. SWA only had a flight going to Las Vegas, but I had to pay for it ($198). AA confirmed they had a flight leaving from Las Vegas heading to Miami at 11:15pm and that it would be a 50/50 chance that I would make the connecting flight because I had 45 min to reclaim my bags upon arrival, and recheck them into AA across the way and then run to the gate. I told them I would try and to book it anyway.
Long story short, the flight leaving from Reno was delayed making my time even shorter. I prayed hard and allowed God to take over. We made it into the airport 15 min earlier than expected. I ran like crazy got to the baggage claim and waited for my bags. Luckily for me, my bags came out first. I grabbed them and ran across the terminal and across the street to check them in. Thats when I noticed my phone was missing....sigh. The Ticking agent called my phone, and a lady answered it. She told me I dropped it near the carousel. I ran back to baggage claim, retrieved my phone from her, gave her a big playa hug and ran off like Usain Bolt. I got to security only to find out that the agent forgot to give me my ticket. I ran back to her retrieved my ticket and ran through the halls like the amazing race until I reached my gate. I was literally the last person on the plane. Whew!!! God was looking out for me.
Long story short. Don't ever do what I did. Murphy's Law was in full effect that day. Even though my cruise was leaving at 4pm the next day. My Reno flight was the last flight out. Never fly out on the last flight! Never fly out on the same day that you return if you have to definitely be somewhere on time. Things can and will happen and you will pay for it. I'm now seeking reimbursement for my $198 SWA flight from Reno to Las Vegas. You were right.... I did end up paying for another flight, and it had nothing to do with me not making it there on time, and everything to do with them cancelling my flight.
At least I know that I would be a strong contender on the Amazing Race
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain