I have the strangest luck when flying

Exterous

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My recent flights:
Flight 1: Flying towards tiny rain clouds: 2 hour flight delay
Flight 2: Flying in perfect weather: 45min flight delay
Flight 3: Flying in perfect weather: 1 hr flight delay + running through airport + delayed baggage
Flight 4: Flying into the remnants of Hermine: 0 flight issues. Land 20 min early

Now I have a strong urge to schedule all my flights to land at the tail end of a hurricane\tropical storm
 

Mayne

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We could be reading about you in our local paper...if that makes you feel any better
 

purbeast0

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I have you beat I think, this was in the span of a month

Trip 1
Flight 1: BWI -> SAN, Cancelled due to Southwest "computer issues" - rescheduled to flight later that evening out of another airport
Flight 2: DCA -> SAN, Delayed 1 hr, Delayed 1 hr, finally cancelled when we're in the terminal at the gate.
Flight 3 and 4: Went fine, one United going to San Diego, one return trip from San Diego on SW.

Trip 2:
Flight 1: DCA -> JFK, Circled around for 30 minutes due to JFK being crowded, then sat on plane for 45 minutes because we didn't have a free gate and were waiting for someone to bring us stairs to get off the plane.
Flight 2: JFK -> BCN, After a 4 hour layover, it was delayed 1.5 hours, then when we land in BCN, it takes us over 3 hours to get through customs.
Flight 3: BCN -> JFK, We board the plane, and then have to wait on the plane for 45 minutes because the "brakes overheated" and they had to wait for them to cool down before we could take off. Then when landing, again we had to circle for about 30 minutes due to backup at JFK.
Flight 4: JFK -> BWI, We get on the plane, and for 45 minutes sitting at the gate, the pilot told us about 3x we were next in line and that there was a backup at JFK.

Moral of the story - if you want to know what airlines NOT to fly, just ask me what my upcoming trip is booked with, and DON'T use that airline. Also, do not fly in or out of JFK. That will be the last time I go that route, and probably will not use Delta again either, although it was $2k cheaper total to go the route we did instead of flying into Madrid or Paris on United.
 

kranky

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From everything I hear (many co-workers travel), travel by air has become "expect to have problems" rather than "there's a chance you might have problems". One co-worker now rents a car to travel from PA to South Carolina. He says he'd rather have an 8 hour drive that is always going to be 8 hours, instead of a trip that varies from 4 hours when everything at the airport is running smoothly, to who knows how long because of the frequent flight delays/cancellations.
 

Exterous

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Moral of the story - if you want to know what airlines NOT to fly, just ask me what my upcoming trip is booked with, and DON'T use that airline. Also, do not fly in or out of JFK. That will be the last time I go that route, and probably will not use Delta again either, although it was $2k cheaper total to go the route we did instead of flying into Madrid or Paris on United.

I had a year like that. Back in 2014 I had a 3 month period where every single one of my 13 flights were delayed - one by 4 days. Glad its shifted to you :p

From everything I hear (many co-workers travel), travel by air has become "expect to have problems" rather than "there's a chance you might have problems". One co-worker now rents a car to travel from PA to South Carolina. He says he'd rather have an 8 hour drive that is always going to be 8 hours, instead of a trip that varies from 4 hours when everything at the airport is running smoothly, to who knows how long because of the frequent flight delays/cancellations.

Overall its still pretty good but your area, route and carrier can make a big difference
http://www.transtats.bts.gov/ot_delay/ot_delaycause1.asp
 

Red Squirrel

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I've only ever been on a few flights and they generally went without a hitch... except for my last one returning home. Tbay to Toronto, good. Toronto to home... delayed due to not enough fuel. I suppose that is a good reason to delay a flight. lol.
 

Scarpozzi

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I used to fly out of a small airport all the time one hop from ATL. The best part was that I didn't deal with lengthy security lines and could park less than 100 yards from the terminal.

Returning from ATL was always the challenge. The return flight was always delayed 3-4 hours because the airline would always have a breakdown and give our plane away to whichever leg needed it since it was a 30-45 minute flight. I used to gripe so often because it was always equipment and I basically would score a $75 voucher every time I would fly for sending the same Email with different flight numbers... Sadly, the problem was with a Delta connection and it was Delta that was chucking out the vouchers to keep customers happy...to my knowledge, they still have this issue with logistics on that leg, but fly different equipment now so the issues are fewer.
 

BurnItDwn

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Wow, nice! So all your delays were 2 hours or less....

Must not fly out of o'hare!!!!