People accidentally miss flights every day for various reasons, but how many people accidentally book the wrong flight?
More than you think! There are some serious egg heads out there. My partner and I included.
This topic has come to mind because of our expensive experience…
So here is what happened:
My partner and I were lining up in Wellington about to board our plane back to Nelson. We made it to the front of the line and just as I placed my e-ticket on the scanner I saw a flashing red light and heard a dreaded “beep beep”.
“Can you please head over to the desk and see my colleague, I can’t scan you in” The ticket lady said.
At this stage I was thinking surely they will sort this out (I was on the Air NZ application on my iPhone so I guaranteed all I needed to do was print the tickets and all will be dandy).
Little to my surprise…
We had booked for the WRONG FRIGGIN DAY!
Oh dear… what noobs!!! How could this happen? Surely we are capable of getting the simplest of things right?!
We were advised to head over to ticketing at the Air NZ desk where they would sort us out. So, off we went very sheepishly, thinking this must be a joke and will soon be sorted.
I got to the desk and saw this kind of mean (but also kind of nice) looking French guy and explained that we had booked for the wrong day and needed to exchange our tickets for the next flight. He quite quickly told us the bad news. WE WOULD HAVE TO PAY $220 EACH TO GET HOME, on top of what we had already paid for the fares…
GEE WIZZ! That’s a bit of a rip… I could have happily stayed in Wellington for one more week until our scheduled flight but we kind of had to get back for work. We reluctantly paid the money and headed back to the boarding gate for round 2.
We made it back safe and sound and even managed to score the emergency row with extra leg room. I can say we both learnt a valuable lesson to ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BOOKING DATES!
In trying to make my partner and I feel better I gave this topic a Google. I found many tragic stories of people getting on the wrong flight, missing their flight all together and forgetting to book at all… I can only imagine how scary this must be in a foreign country! This quick google search re-assured me we weren’t as useless as we first thought.
Our experience wasn’t that bad and I do feel better about it as a write this.
Booking the wrong flight got me curious. How many of you have done this or something similar? Let me know your story in the comments so we can all feel better about our stupid mistakes.
The very embarrassed Lee X