My girl's weekend trip to Tennessee began early Thursday morning at 5:20 am when I got out of bed. I was flying stand-by to Indianapolis and hopefully getting on a place at 8:50 that morning. I know - Indianapolis is a really random route to Tennessee. See Lauriewas driving from Illinois - so I offered to keep her company for 6 hours of her road trip by flying into Indy so she could pick me up there and we could head on to Knoxville where we were picking up everyone else. That would have been a perfect plan, except the flight to Indianapolis was over sold. In fact they were bribing passengers with travel vouchers NOT to get on the plane. Stand-by? Forget about it. I began panic mode. Not getting on the plane was going to derail my entire travel plans, and to make matters worse my luggage was heading to Indianapolis without me. The next flight into Indy wasn't until after 1 pm - hours after my ride would have already been through there. Next plan? Try to get to Knoxville.
The 11:40 am flight to Knoxville was over sold as well. Why do they do that?? Much to my happiness, and what I thought was an answered prayer, 4 passengers didn't show up to be boarded so they allowed me on the plane. I had my seatbelt buckled and was ready for take off when an older man came and got me off the plan. The slow old folks had bothered to show up after all, and so they got to go to Knoxville without me. Next option? Another shot at Knoxville at 2:30. And guess what! That flight was only oversold by 1 person! I was starting to panic a little.
I spoke with the gate agent who informed me that she'd move me to the next flight, but it was also oversold, as was the one after that. GEEZ, what is with getting to Knoxville?? So I pulled up my map on my phone and asked about Lexington. Hey, there was a flight with 3 seats open but it was boarding NOW so she printed me a pass and said "run."