This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
With the late arrival of my bus (7:30 am instead of 5:00 am), I was forced to take a gamble on award flight space that thankfully paid off.
Flight Dilemma: Cancel And Rebook Or Fly From Warsaw To New York Via Chișinău And Warsaw (Yes, Warsaw Again) To Be Safe?
I had planned to fly home on a LOT 737 MAX 8 from Warsaw to London, connecting from London to Los Angeles on United Airlines. That flight left Warsaw at 7:50 am.
But by the time we reached Dworzec Autobusowy Warszawa Zachodnia (the west bus station), it was already 7:30 am. I canceled my flight in order to avoid a no-show fee and sat down to work on a solution home. The station was crowded and freezing cold.
There was no immediate solution for my trip home.
I’m not sure why a Saturday in February was so busy, but there were very few options to get me home that day and I needed to get home that day.
Recall, I had booked an alternate way home on LOT Polish from Chișinău (KIV) to New York (JFK) via Warsaw (WAW) when I was considering the train back. There was no additional space from WAW to JFK and I figured if I canceled the ticket from KIV, the space may not return to inventory (especially since we were now talking about same-day travel).
Thus, my choice was to fly to KIV that morning on LOT to catch the flight back to WAW and on to JFK, or cancel the space and hope I could rebook the WAW-JFK space by itself.
I took the risk and canceled the space.
And waited a moment.
Boom. The award space went back into inventory and I was able to rebook it (70K Aeroplan to JFK in business class). From New York, I’d travel home to Los Angeles (LAX) on JetBlue, though the connection was again tight.
It was on to Chopin Airport and a day of lounge hopping and catching up on work.
Side note: I was in such a deep sleep that I did not notice we had reached the station in Warsaw…and no one woke me up. Thankfully, I heard the cargo door of the bus slam shut just as it was about to depart for the next Polish city. Otherwise, I would have woken up in Poznan and had a whole new problem on my hand!