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Runs for Cookies: Buddy Cross


I had no thought what to call this submit, however I do not need to preserve making an attempt to consider one thing else, hahaha.

Final week, I used to be actually desirous to get out of the home and simply go somewhere–anywhere. My dad and mom, in addition to Jeanie and Shawn, are in Hilton Head, South Carolina proper now. My dad and mom go down yearly to get pleasure from nicer climate within the chilly months of Michigan.

They’ve at all times wished Jerry and I to go down there (with the children after all) for every week or perhaps a few days, however we’re not “seaside” folks and it simply is not a spot that we have had curiosity in visiting. (Noah and Eli have gone, although.) Final week, the thought simply popped into my head to go down there (alone) and shock my dad and mom. Since Jeanie and Shawn are there now as properly, I requested Jeanie if they might decide me up from the airport if I used to be in a position to go. She appreciated the thought too, so the following step was to ask Brian for a buddy cross to fly.

The price of a ticket was insane–about $1000–so that was out of the query. Being a pilot, Brian has “buddy passes” that he can let buddies/household use to fly for affordable (to go to Hilton Head is $187 with a buddy cross). The largest downside with utilizing a buddy cross is that you do not have a confirmed seat. The perfect half is that you do not have to plan forward; you may actually determine proper earlier than the flight if you wish to be listed for standby. It is type of enjoyable to make use of for last-minute journeys! 

Sadly, Delta does not fly straight into Hilton Head anymore, so I would need to fly into Savannah. And there aren’t direct flights from Detroit to Savannah, so Brian mentioned I would need to go from Detroit to Atlanta, after which Atlanta to Savannah (the place Jeanie would decide me up).

My bank card would solely get charged after making the flight, so if I did not make it on, then I would not need to pay for it. I would deliberate to go down on Thursday and the flight was wanting increasingly more full. By Wednesday evening, Brian mentioned that he was very assured that I might *not* make it on the flight (that means there weren’t many open seats and the record of standby passengers was lengthy).

On Thursday, Brian mentioned the whole lot was wanting okay for the primary flight (5:20 am) on Friday. The issue was that flights from Atlanta to Savannah have been full for the entire flights besides the primary one (which might be my connection). That meant that if I did not get on the primary flight in Detroit (to Atlanta), even when I took a later flight, I might doubtless get caught in Atlanta.

I notice that is all complicated, haha. Anyway, I made a decision to go for it–Brian mentioned it will in all probability be *very* shut whether or not I bought on the flight or not, however I used to be actually hoping I would be capable of go. So I left the home at 3:45 am for the airport (Jerry dropped me off after which went out for espresso to attend and listen to from me whether or not I made the flight.

After I bought to the gate, I nervously watched the app, seeing my title manner on the backside of the record. Because the flight crammed up, a few of the standby passengers got seat assignments. Primarily based on the variety of seats open and the variety of folks on the record, it began to appear like I won’t make it. Nonetheless, issues change proper up till the final second.

Ultimately, I used to be third on the standby record. And there was solely ONE seat open. I observed that the 2 folks forward of me have been doubtless touring collectively (identical final title) and I hoped that since there was just one seat left, they’d cross it up–and then it will be ME that bought the final seat!

Then it bought complicated for a second. After checking with the couple, the gate agent truly gave me a seat task after which the second my title got here from her mouth, a flight attendant got here out and mentioned that there was another open seat… so there have been truly TWO accessible. And naturally, the couple on the record forward of me bought the seats.

I used to be so bummed. Flying on a buddy cross is rarely a assure, so I knew I many not make it–still, it was disappointing to be *that* near getting on the flight! It did get me to begin excited about going elsewhere, although. I’ll take a spontaneous journey quickly 🙂

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