頭にくる 4 – Traveling

It is the first day of classes and I am in San Juan, stuck until tomorrow because my flight from JFK to SJU was delayed for a very stupid reason and American Airlines only has one flight a day to St. Maarten (where my connection was). American Airlines also only offers one flight to Dominica (it was full) and all the flights to Antigua (where I was to make my second connection) were sold out, not only on American, but on every carrier flying out of Puerto Rico.

Oh, how I hate traveling to and from Dominica!

Melville Hall, the airport closest to Portsmouth, is only open from sunup to sundown. It is only serviced by two carriers, American Airlines and Liat. There are only a certain number of arrivals and departures per day and the planes they use are the little propeller-driven prop planes that fit maybe 30 or so people. Is it any wonder that flights are sold out during the beginning and end of terms weeks, sometimes even months, in advance? You’d think the school, knowing the situation, might be a bit sympathetic.

But noooooooooooooo.

Ross charges a $100 US/day late registration fee if you do not arrive by the first day of classes. But what if you’ve already registered online? They charge a $100 US/day fee for late check-in if you do not check in by the first day of classes.

There is only one day of check-in. It is the day before the first day of classes.

So, even though American Airlines has put me up in a lovely hotel, given me meal vouchers and booked me on tomorrow’s (one and only) flight to St. Maarten, I had to book another flight on Liat in order to get to Dominica. And I will have to pay $300 US for late check-in when I get to Ross.

I’m so angry, I can’t even enjoy my view of the beach. 😦

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