Well, here is the downside to getting amazing deals on Priceline; they are non-refundable. That is a potential risk you take by using this sytem. Tropical Storm Lee made that very apparent. With strong winds, neverending rain, and spotty power outages, the weather was looking horrible for the weekend.
Originally we were scheduled to fly into New Orleans on Saturday afternoon and stay 2 nights at the Sheraton New Orleans on a Priceline winning bid. Due to the flooding and power outages, we decided to be proactive and reschedule our flight to Monday (for free). Delta was allowing flight changes for free due to the storm, but Priceline was not as forgiving. They gave me the runaround and said to call the hotel. The Sheraton denied my request for a refund (which was well within their rights). I will chalk that one up as a lesson learned to do thorough research for these non-refundable stays (i.e. hurricane season).
Fast forward to Monday afternoon. We get to La Guardia Airport 90 minutes prior to departure, hit up the Delta Sky Club for a few drinks thanks to my AmEx Platinum card, and relax until boarding. Boarding went fine; we took our exit row seats (afforded to us by me having Delta Silver Medallion status) on the Airbus A319. Everything was going well on this flight that cost us 25,000 miles and $5 per person.
Then came the dreaded buzzword that no passenger wants to hear – “delay”. We were being delayed “not because of a safety issue” but because of “an inter-cabin communication problem”. You have to love the random mechnical delays. Either way, we ended up being waiting for over 90 minutes.
Once we went wheels up, the flight was pleasantly uneventful. We pushed through boredom thanks to Delta’s fleet being the most Gogo Inflight Internet-quipped fleet out there. See here for my Gogo coupon code giveaway!
Upon landing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, we took a cab to the French Quarter. The driver was nice enough to tell us a lot about the area since it was our first time and even about some experiences with Hurricane Katrina.
25 minutes later, we checked in at my parents’ timehsare – Wyndham La Belle Maison…