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Mar
10

unplanned Texas panhandle road trip honeymoon? Thanks, American Airlines.

After several pleasant days honeymooning on the California coast, it was time to fly home. Suzi and I got to Los Angeles International Airport at 6:30AM on Saturday, in plenty of time (we thought) to make our 8:30AM flight. But the line at the American Airlines desk was so slow that by the time we got to the counter, we had missed the 45-minute cutoff for passengers flying with checked baggage. So they put us on standby for the next flight . . . and then the flight after that . . . and the flight after that. With 64 people standing by for overbooked flights to DFW, it became clear that we were looking at several days of waiting at LAX.

“My best estimate is that you can get on a flight by Tuesday or Wednesday,” an AA customer service agent told us.

“Just put us on a flight to anywhere east of here,” I said. “How about Denver?”

We landed in Denver at 10PM Saturday and began our 17-hour drive back to Austin. It was a grueling, caffeine-assisted drive, but at least we got to see this lovely scenery:

This trip was just a “mini moon” — we plan to have a longer, more relaxing honeymoon in Spain this summer. We haven’t booked our tickets yet, but I know one airline we can cross off the list.

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