Our company’s Sales Kick Off is this week. Luckily for me I get to leave Minneapolis at the end of January, and spend it out in Las Vegas!
The trip was booked, I was packed, but there was a storm heading our way. Up to a foot of snow overnight. My wife suggested that I get a room down by the airport and spare myself the misery of the morning commute. I remembered that I had a free weekend night certificate from my Hilton Aspire card. So I called and used that for a room at the Embassy Suites.
But then I thought I could do one better, and take advantage of Delta’s weather advisory and see if I could get out the night before.
I got to the airport with about an hour to spare before my 8pm flight. And joy of joys! I got a last minute upgrade to 1st Class!!! (Thanks Delta Reserve!) Once on board, I was comfortably seated in 5D and before long we were pushing back from the gate.
Maybe it was the Jack and Ginger I had at the SkyClub, maybe it was the one I had while we were finishing the boarding process. I didn’t notice how long we were sitting on the tarmac going through the deicing process. It did dawn on me, that we were still on the ground as the announcement came.
Due to the long line for de-icing, our pilots had “timed out”. They didn’t have enough time available to finish the flight without violating FAA rules and incurring fines. We were going to have to return to the gate. We were waiting for a tow as the engines had frozen and wouldn’t start.
Luckily for us, there was an incoming flight who’s pilots were more than happy to spend the night in Nevada over the frozen wasteland that Minneapolis was going to be. Then finally after 5 hours on the tarmac, we took off around 1am. Landing in McCarran Airport at 1:30am.
At 2:30am, I was in bed at my free room at the Tropicana, and happy to move up the Strip to the Wynn the next day.
Now here’s the kicker. My coworkers who flew in the next day? No cancellations, no delays. They had no problems flying in. *sigh*