the unexpected blog post

Folks, we’re still in the States; Dallas-Fort Worth airport to be exact. Over the last 34 hours, our travel plans have changed again and again. I’ve lost track how many times.

The shenanigans all started when about 11 am Friday, two hours before we were due to head to a Cracker Barrel lunch pre-Cleveland airport, we got an sms and email from Qantas saying our travel plans had changed. Contact them. So we did. I’m sure about 900 other Qantas passengers did too!

We left our phone conversation understanding that due to an A380 flight from Sydney having to turn back due to a fuel issue (mmmmm …), we would be on the 11.59 pm flight the following night from Dallas. Book your o/n accommodation there and Qantas will reimburse you. Just keep receipts.

So, off to the airport we went; with me booking a bed at the Dallas FW Airport Sheraton at a great price through Expedia.

We start checkin at the America. Airlines counter at Cleveland and great news – we are on the original flights, including flying out on the A380 at 9.15 pm. Great! I’ll need to cancel the Expedia booking. Oops. I booked at a no cancellations price. Aaaahhhh.

All good. Watched a great Springsteen and I documentary on the flight to Dallas.

Then we get to Dallas. Our instruction had been to go to the Qantas ticket counter to get our boarding passes for the international 16hour leg.

Well – no international leg that night. We would not be flying until 11.59 the next night … Two hours time as I peck away at this on the iPad mini. Not only that – our baggage was somewhere at the airport, irretrievable that night. This meant PJs, spare clothing, phone chargers, medicines … we’ll have to wait until 6 pm Saturday before we ‘might’ be able to access them.

Aaaahhhh Aaaaahhhh .

So off we go after all the Airport Sheraton. The hotel and staff were outstanding. We managed a 4 pm late checkout, borrow a phone charger and are given complimentary buffet breakfast vouchers. And for PJs, we purchase his and hers Dallas t-shirts. Stunning photo below!

We manage about 7 hours sleep in a lovely room, king size bed.

Next morning, we boom a cab to the nearby Grapevine Mills shopping mall and kill about 3 hours window shopping, but manage a coffee etc at the themed Rainforest Cafe.

Back to the Sheraton, get another device charged, get some sleep, check out and head to the airport.

So we get there around 6 to the news that sorry – sir, your luggage is already on its way to your plane. Aaaaaah. aaaaaah. aaaaaaah.

I need to say that the Qantas staff at DFW have been outstanding,y helpful. Just wish that the guy at Cleveland Airport had his act together AND that American and Qantas actually talked with each other.

Anyhow, we’ve managed to kill time at the Qantas Lounge and so, so look forward to getting into Brisbane mid-morning Monday.

The next posting? Watch this space.


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