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[2011] Really need help-AA changed our flight schedule

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I mean, what if the schedule never changed, but there was a simple one hour delay in leaving St Kitts? You would be screwed in that very common situation too.

Very good point. Even if the schedule had not been changed, you could learn when you got to the airport that departure was delayed for any number of reasons, and perhaps even more than an hour, which could jeopardize you even making it home at all that night given the multiple connections.

As much as it may be hard to hear, and as inconvenient as it might seem, leaving a day early is the best (if not only reasonable) option.
 

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If it were me I would definitely try to get a flight out the day before if at all possible. I'd rather lose a day than experience great inconvenience for the extra day. And lets not forget, on the day of departure you need to vacate the unit early whereas if you leave a day early you can stay in the unit right up until two hours before departure time. Travel time from the complex to the airport is about 12-15 minutes.

Makes sense to me.

George
 

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I vote for going home on Saturday instead of Sunday. Don't make yourself crazy over connections, etc. The stress will undo the vacation relaxation. :)

Deb
 

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My husband and I don't get on same flights. I know plenty of people that do that. As a matter of fact I don't like to ride in the car with him. Yes, we all have our fears.

Are you serious? You and your wife never fly together because you are afraid of a catastrophe?

I've never heard of such a thing before.
 

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I vote for going home on Saturday instead of Sunday. Don't make yourself crazy over connections, etc. The stress will undo the vacation relaxation. :)

Deb

I agree. Leave a day early. If your flights are delayed no big deal. Losing one vacation day is less stressful than worrying about all the connections.
 

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My husband and I don't get on same flights. I know plenty of people that do that. As a matter of fact I don't like to ride in the car with him. Yes, we all have our fears.

Some fears are borne out of cold hard facts. Not flying together is just crazy.
 

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I vote for going home on Saturday instead of Sunday. Don't make yourself crazy over connections, etc. The stress will undo the vacation relaxation. :)

Deb

We do this all the time! In fact, we are leaving Hawaii a day early next month in order to get a better airline price!
 

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Some fears are borne out of cold hard facts. Not flying together is just crazy.

Although the probability of a fatal accident happening is low, the certainty of double fatality is very high. An individual may decide that the cost to mitigate these risks (i.e. flying separately) is inconsequential.

I would venture to guess that the probability that, should a tragic car accident occur, it would prove fatal to BOTH passengers is lower than the probability, should an aircraft tragedy occur, it is fatal to BOTH passengers. I acknowledge the ultimately flying is far safer than driving. But I also acknowledge the psychological satisfaction of knowing that in the event an aircraft tragedy does happen, the probability that BOTH die has been nullified since they are riding separately.

Ultimately, no person, none, is absolutely rational in all aspects of life. Everyone has irrational fears or behaviors. As long as the costs to mitigate those irrationalities does not exceed the benefits, then so be it.
 

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Although the probability of a fatal accident happening is low, the certainty of double fatality is very high. An individual may decide that the cost to mitigate these risks (i.e. flying separately) is inconsequential.

I would venture to guess that the probability that, should a tragic car accident occur, it would prove fatal to BOTH passengers is lower than the probability, should an aircraft tragedy occur, it is fatal to BOTH passengers. I acknowledge the ultimately flying is far safer than driving. But I also acknowledge the psychological satisfaction of knowing that in the event an aircraft tragedy does happen, the probability that BOTH die has been nullified since they are riding separately.

Ultimately, no person, none, is absolutely rational in all aspects of life. Everyone has irrational fears or behaviors. As long as the costs to mitigate those irrationalities does not exceed the benefits, then so be it.


Very interesting perspective.
 

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Although the probability of a fatal accident happening is low, the certainty of double fatality is very high. An individual may decide that the cost to mitigate these risks (i.e. flying separately) is inconsequential.

I would venture to guess that the probability that, should a tragic car accident occur, it would prove fatal to BOTH passengers is lower than the probability, should an aircraft tragedy occur, it is fatal to BOTH passengers. I acknowledge the ultimately flying is far safer than driving. But I also acknowledge the psychological satisfaction of knowing that in the event an aircraft tragedy does happen, the probability that BOTH die has been nullified since they are riding separately.

Ultimately, no person, none, is absolutely rational in all aspects of life. Everyone has irrational fears or behaviors. As long as the costs to mitigate those irrationalities does not exceed the benefits, then so be it.

You must be a psychologist. Makes perfect sense. :)
 

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Although the probability of a fatal accident happening is low, the certainty of double fatality is very high. An individual may decide that the cost to mitigate these risks (i.e. flying separately) is inconsequential.

I would venture to guess that the probability that, should a tragic car accident occur, it would prove fatal to BOTH passengers is lower than the probability, should an aircraft tragedy occur, it is fatal to BOTH passengers. I acknowledge the ultimately flying is far safer than driving. But I also acknowledge the psychological satisfaction of knowing that in the event an aircraft tragedy does happen, the probability that BOTH die has been nullified since they are riding separately.

Ultimately, no person, none, is absolutely rational in all aspects of life. Everyone has irrational fears or behaviors. As long as the costs to mitigate those irrationalities does not exceed the benefits, then so be it.

This is nice way of summarizing my feelings about this.

I acknowledged in the first post that this was a quirk of mine, but one that I am very comfortable with -- Kathy, sorry that the thread got hijacked!

Best,

Greg
 

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Wonder way the statistics would be of the 2 separate planes colliding in mid air are??

Just kidding.
 

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The saddest story is a 9/11 story - not even separate planes helped them.

Let's close this topic and get Kathy back safely from St Kitts, tanned and relaxed.

Best,

Greg
 

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Kathy,
I often leave Hawaii a day early. Since I always take a late flight, it works out well. I enjoy the last day in Hawaii and still have access to the condo. After dinner we head to the airport.
If you have to be back at work on time Monday, then you should consider leaving Sat. Otherwise you risk delays that could make you late for work on Monday morning. I've seen too many cancelled flights, mechanical delays, missed connections, etc. to cut it that close.
Good luck!
 

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Our favorite end of vacation is a recovery day. Getting home late at night and working the next day--especially having to be at your finest-is unpleasant at best and risky at worst.

Friday-Friday over a holiday we will add a night and still have Sunday to recover or a Saturday-Saturday. Its nice to sleep in, have time to unpack and get back in the swing of things before real life takes off.
 
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Check Liat. They run several daily flights out of SKB to STT. From STT you should be able to get a nonstop to many destinations on the east coast. I would also spend an extra day or cut it short a day if that will help you with AA's schedule.

As far as searching for MFC I don't think you'll find a February week this late but you might get one in January. Call a VOA and ask them to check availability using DC points assuming you are enrolled. If not your only other option is II for a trade.

How is Liat? They say they are prop planes? That scares me a but. Also heard they run behind schedule wise. Is that correct?
 

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