First time ever in all my travels going back over 20 years. We’ve been bumped and are sitting in wait at Charles de Gaulle, our non-stop to San Francisco having departed. Instead of arriving back on the west coast at noon on Monday, it’s now another 5 hours until we leave Paris, on to Washington-Dulles, two-hour layover, and then on to San Fran — arriving about 12 hours later, at midnight. What fun.
The upside is that they’ve given us a travel voucher for 1,600 Euros, which works out to about $2,000 worth of travel on Air France or KLM. So, perhaps a Christmas-time trip to Papeete, Tahiti, is in order. Alternatively, we can take 1,200 Euros in cash, about $1,500. That’s what I paid for these tickets in the first place, so for 12 hours of inconvenience, I’m not too unhappy. Besides, overbooking is all part of the deal and you know (or should) going in.
Off to lunch on Air France. Then perhaps I’ll have some time to post some travel experience updates. On y va.