A RTC Maxim: connect where you shall be happily stuck.
For all but the devotees of the mileage run, the best connection is no connection, yet often they are unavoidable. In such cases I always endeavor to connect in a destination for which I will happily be stranded overnight.
On my international trips this means avoiding US connections, especially on return to avoid the additional ‘point of first entry hassle.’
On my domestic trips this means a Minneapolis connection above all for family, followed by cities where I have friends amenable to a sudden pop-in, such as Atlanta and Miami. Cities with excellent public transport connections to the airport are nice, too.
Today bore the fruits of such effort on a trip from New York to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) where I do not need to arrive in XNA until midday tomorrow. Staying within Delta I could connect in several of their hubs and demi-hubs for roughly the same time and cost, so I booked Minneapolis with as tight a connection as possible in the hope of nature taking its course in the form of NY flight delays. Perfect weather and smooth operations derailed that plan, not even a broken fuel trucked stalled us more than a few minutes. Yet to my delight, MSP-XNA was oversold and I was the smiling volunteer collecting a $400 Delta voucher, $30 in meal vouchers, passing on the hotel, and off to meet my parents for dinner and a night at home.
Readers, where do you like to get stranded on connections?