Damn You, Delta

Why, Delta, WHY??? I sometimes feel like we have an abusive relationship. When you delay flights which cause missed connections, I tell folks that you don’t mean to and you have a lot going on…you’re just stressed out. Don’t they understand your under a lot of pressure? Then, you give me extra SkyMiles to say you’re sorry and I just can’t quit you. I am the Tina to your Ike.

Until now. Why would you rebook me on an Air Canada flight? They are in the dreaded Star Alliance!!!! They aren’t a band of do-gooders like the Rebel Alliance. Do you know who is in the Star Alliance? The DARTH VADER OF AIRLINES!!!! Freaking US Air! Y’all know how I feel about those jokers. Air Canada gets the side-eye just for being air buddies with them. You running with the wrong crowd, AC!

But, I decide to give Senator Palpatine’s airline alliance another chance because clearly I have the common sense of Jar Jar Binks. This was the only option to get me home tonight. Sigh. So, I do it. It can’t be easy though. See, the SkyTeam “bloods” don’t want the Star Alliance “crips” sharing the same terminal so I had to be escorted back thru security and badged out so I can exit the airport and take a bus to the Death Star (aka Terminal 1).

I’m spoiled. Delta did that to me. I have status. I’m Delta’s boo which means I’m priority…more specifically, Sky Priority. Do you think Air Canada thinks I’m special? Nope. I was promptly told to get to the back of the line like my name was Rosa Parks. No fast lane. I had to wait in line with all the other underprivileged travelers hoping that Sally Struthers would host a telethon helping the agents to speed this line along.

After 14 days (well, 30 minutes), I check-in only to be told that I had to check my carry-on bag and pay $25. Wait. What? Pay? What fresh hell is this? I’m Platinum on Delta! That agent looked at me like, “Where’s Delta now? Pay it or walk to your destination.” Good God. So I pay the fee and ask for a receipt because my boo is paying for this…I don’t care if you have to ask for a loan from Jabba the Hut…I best get my money back.

You’d think that would be the worst of it. You’d be wrong. I then had to go thru customs. I’m Global Entry which means I only need to go to the kiosk for fingerprinting and picture validation. However, since I had just done that an hour earlier, the kiosk was basically like, “Nope! Sorry sucka!” So I had to fill out a form. I promptly told the agent I wasn’t standing in line because it’s not my fault that the kiosk gave me the middle finger. I guess he could see I was on the edge of sanity so he told me to get in the crew line. I did…and this is my conversation with the customs officer after explaining the kiosk fiasco:

Customs: I see your hair is longer than your passport picture from 2006. Are you growing it out?
Me: Yes…but this is also hair I bought.
Customs: Are you wearing a weave? I can’t even tell!
Me: Thanks
Customs: How do you wash it? Do you use soap & water?
Me: *slow blink* Yes, yes I do. It’s hair.
Customs: Sorry, I’m just mesmerized. So, where are you from? Your accent is so exotic.
Me: *WTF??* Indiana.

Not a soul to be seen.

Not a soul to be seen.

I’m sorry, I thought I was going thru customs, not speed dating. I can’t even concentrate because I’m still mad about the $25!! Once I get thru customs and security, I have to walk the Green Mile thru the backwoods of the Toronto airport to my gate. Why is this gate so far away? How come I don’t see any other people?

Then I see…prop planes?? Seriously?? Jesus take the wheel. iCant with you.

Delta…I quit you. We don’t go together anymore. Don’t call me and tell me how special I am because I don’t believe you! Keep your SkyMiles and pretty trinkets. You have maxed out my emotional debit card & owe me $253.43 + $25 bag fee. Don’t try to pay me in those “free drink” coupons either. Cashier’s check is fine. Next time you see me, I’ll be wearing this shirt.

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15 thoughts on “Damn You, Delta

  1. roadwarrior2424 says:

    This was THE best story:)  Missed you…glad you’re back!   Best,  Patrice  

    lindopatrice@yahoo.com 561.502.7326 http://www.linkedin.com/in/learningambassador

    >________________________________ > From: International Travel Chick >To: lindopatrice@yahoo.com >Sent: Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:44 PM >Subject: [New post] Damn You, Delta > > > > WordPress.com >Nikki posted: “Why, Delta, WHY??? I sometimes feel like we have an abusive relationship. When you delay flights which cause missed connections, I tell folks that you don’t mean to and you have a lot going on…you’re just stressed out. Don’t they understand you under a ” >

  2. agirltravels says:

    LOVED it!! I thoroughly enjoyed your post and I was definitely wondering the same thing when my United flight flew into Toronto….I’m like “where is everyone and why is such a lonely trek to get to customs”? Who, pray tell, will be your next airline boo and Where did you see that shirt because it is hilarious lol

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you!!! And you are so right…why is that area deserted??? Girl, I have no idea who will be my next airline boo. I put so much time & effort into Delta. I need time to heal 🙂 I saw the t-shirt on Pinterest but it didn’t say where it was on sale at…you know I’m trying to find out because I need it in my life.

  3. Erica says:

    Sorry for the debacle. Good read. Learned a new saying “fresh hell”. Will make sure I quote you when using. 🙂

  4. Tvor says:

    While i usually fly Air Canada and have no complaints, when i flew recently on my Aeroplan points they put me on United, also a Star Alliance company. I now know why United has such a bad reputation. I feel your pain. Also, Toronto Pearson is a horrible, soulless airport.

  5. Dawn says:

    Love, love, love this! I am also betrothed to Delta, and the last time I flew an airline that shall not be named that wasn’t Delta, I was in the last boarding group! I feel your pain. Great post!

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks, Dawn!! Yeah, what is the use of being boo’d up with Delta if they are going to let us be treated like poor relations with their play cousins?

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