And I guess it is…
On Monday I posted about my award trip to China scheduled for this December.
Last night, I called United to book the ticket (the award was on hold for 72 hours) and was immediately put on hold after a Chicago-based agent took a look at the itinerary. She came back on and declared the routing was invalid: no going to North Asia via Europe.
She’s right, but I wasn’t about to give up what I had spent hours putting together and what another Chicago-based agent told me was an acceptable routing.
The problem: I decided to cancel my side trips into Denver and Boston and fly into Buenos Aires one day early so I would not be rushed at Iguazu Falls. Consequently, I was trying to get a million things done during my short layover at IAD before I boarded my flight to EZE last night and was not able to resolve the issue before I departed.
The agent promised not to remove segments from the itinerary just yet–perhaps I can keep what I’ve got. But that doesn’t do me a lot of good when I want my brother to fly along and have no intention of flying United on both (or even one) transatlantic flights. I’m also not at all happy about having to spend another chunk of miles for a first class award from BKK to PVG.
I’m sitting at EZE in the baggage claim area right now, and will hit up an internet cafe with Skype in town to get this sorted out. Oh, the pains of StarNet blocking…