American Airlines - Travel problems

Posted on Saturday, June 18th, 2005 at 12:00am CDT by 128572a9

Company: American Airlines - Travel problems

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American Airlines - Travel problems

American Airlines, DFW and Las Vegas - Unable to return on booked flight from Las Vegas to Jacksonville, FL

The first leg of our trip was from Jacksonville, FL to Las Vegas, NV. When we arrived at the airport in Jacksonville, there was a very long line because the computers were down and ticket processing had to be done manually. This wasn't a good omen of things to come. When we finally made our connection, we were required to obtain boarding passes in Dallas/Ft. Worth. We received boarding passes, but the seats were several rows apart. When we requested to be seated together the agent at the gate rudely stated "you have seats - those are your tickets"! Stunned, I returned to my wife with the bad news. On boarding, we were able to swap seats with another passenger and were able to sit together after all.

On our return trip things got worse. Our flight from Las Vegas to our connection in DFW had a new departure time. It was leaving about 30 minutes earlier. We had received an updated itinerary from our travel agency, but we had misplaced it and were using an older itinerary. Most airports require you to check in 30 minutes prior to flight time. In Las Vegas it is 45 minutes prior to flight time. Double whammy! We attempted to check in about 7 minutes late of the 45 minute window (after waiting in line). The agent put us on standby and we proceded through security. When we arrived at our original gate, the flight was still boarding. When we asked if we could board anyway - the matronly flight attendant/agent replied loudly and sternly "NO", turned and walked away.

We then waited at the gate of the next flight that we were on standby with, and watched our flight leave the airport. When I spoke with the gate agent, I was informed that we had a very good chance of getting on the next flight. We waited for another 2 hours until this flight started boarding. Five minutes before the flight left the gate, we were informed that we would not be boarding. There was only one seat available and we were about 10 to 12 down the standby list.

According to the gate agents all flights were booked and the next flight probably was out of the question for most standby seats. It was getting late in the morning and we wanted to be home the same day. We walked over to the Continental Airlines gate and purchased tickets to return home. We returned to our home airport in Jacksonville late and found that our luggage was in Raleigh/Durham. We filed a report at the JAX airport and are now waiting for our luggage.

AA could have helped us out by offering a discounted flight on another airline. We ended up paying full fare ($1,000) for a return flight. A few employees of AA were curt, rude, and didn't seem to offer any assistance or guidance to us. How long were we expected to wait - several days on standby at the Las Vegas airport? Tom

Jacksonville, FL

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