I’m going to have to wait a bit longer for my first flight on Air France…my flight to Paris was cancelled due to a strike.
My afternoon flight from Venice to Paris was unceremoniously canceled sometime between 8-12 hours before departure. Although Air France boasted that 85% of its intra-Europe flights were operating during the strike, my flight was one of the lucky 15%.
As I mentioned yesterday, I booked this ticket via American Express. Unfortunately, I received no notice of the cancelation: thankfully I found out when checking in online.
Air France asks for your record locator and flight number in order to check-in online. When I first attempted to check-in, I received an error message stating my record could not be found. Upon navigating to the “check my trip” portion of the Air France website, I found I had been rebooked on a late evening flight from Venice to Paris.
My dinner meeting in Paris was absolutely essential, so I jumped into action. I knew the only other option was EasyJet and quickly secured space. I’ll have a post on that tomorrow.
I have reached out to Air France for a refund and EU261 compensation. I believe Air France will say I booked this as a through fare and therefore even with the delay I would not have arrived in Amsterdam late. But my response will be that I performed a multi-city search, booking a one-way from Venice to Paris and another from Paris to Amsterdam. Why else would I schedule in 15 hours in Paris?
Every cliché has some basis in reality. The French love of striking is certainly alive and well. Hopefully when I actually do get to fly Air France for the first time, it will be in La Premiere…