August 20, 2005
A day late

Friday morning I rocked up to the United international check-in counter for my flight back home and while standing in line, took a look at my itinerary.

“I’m schedule to leave the 18th?” A burst of fear gripped me as I scanned the lobby for a calendar. “But today’s the 19th, isn’t it?”

Sure enough, I’d missed my flight by 24 hours. Crap. I was utterly certain that I was leaving on Friday, not on Thursday. What a screw-up! What to do? My e-ticket was non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-changeable, and non-flexible to the maximum stiffness.

However, the counter agent I talked with, Mr. Julio Mejia, was quite flexible indeed and got me on the Friday flight with no fuss and a minimum of additional outlay. (A one-way ticket to Tokyo purchased on the day would have cost me several thousand dollars, so I appreciated his efforts to save me some money.)

Now here I am, home safe and sound with an bonus day of Chicago holiday well spent with an architectural tour of “Downtown Deco” and a fine dinner in Greektown.

Posted by kuri at August 20, 2005 09:32 PM


Glad you’re safely home, no matter the day.

Posted by: Fran on August 20, 2005 11:10 PM

Three cheers for Julio Mejia! Them are not many at airline ticket counters in this country.

Posted by: Michael on August 21, 2005 02:26 PM


Posted by: MJ on August 21, 2005 04:39 PM

There should be more people like Mr. Mejia at the airport- or every place else, for that matter:-)

Posted by: Kimura on August 21, 2005 05:25 PM

Whew. You were lucky to get Julio at the ticket counter! Glad you’re home safely.

Posted by: Jenn on August 21, 2005 08:38 PM

Glad to have you back and looking fwd to catching up with you soon!!!

Posted by: j-ster on August 23, 2005 01:44 PM
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