Scene 1: JFK Airport. Boarded Delta 87 to Miami. No delays. Everything suspiciously too smooth. Taxi out to the runway and immediately take off, up in the air only 9 minutes after scheduled departure. Unheard of for a JFK flight.
The flight attendant comes by, “The captain is wonderful, he negotiated with air traffic control and we were the last plane out ahead of a ground hold for a big storm coming in.”
Off the plane in Miami 49 minutes ahead of schedule. Bewildering to see the arrivals board.
Scene 2: Avis rental counter after enjoying the bouncy moving walkways. Avis Preferred (which is free) board does not show my car. Perhaps since no one has ever been early from a JFK flight. Unlike some airports, the Preferred station down by the cars is a just a signboard with no staff. Back up to the place held by my wife. No sign of movement in the line. MIA rental car lines are some of the slowest with confused infrequent travelers and many international travelers unfamiliar with the bewildering upsell options. Wife spots a manager walking around, I flag her down and she agrees to help, but only if the reservation properly shows in the system with my Wizard Number. It does.
“Do you have much luggage?”
“No, just this carry-on for the two of us?”
“Ok, because the way to get you out of here fastest is a convertible, is that ok?”
“That is great, thank you.” Yes again!
Note: Avis Preferred is free, sign up for that and every other free rental program even if you rarely rent.