I first heard of the attacks in Brussels upon arrival in Freetown, Sierra Leone where I was planning to fly Brussels Airlines up to Monrovia, Liberia that night. It was only every screen and everyone’s lips. All due thoughts and respect for those affected, especially those most tragically.
My minor inconvenience was rebooking for the fortuitously timed alternate Kenya Airways flight.
Then I saw Delta Press Releases for a Travel Waiver through 3/31 for those transiting Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris.
Before the cutoff I am due to fly Libreville, Gabon-Paris-London-New York on an award ticket. Business was 70,000 and economy 82,500 and up, so I am in business. Typical of Delta and Air France frenemy issues, Air France trans-Atlantic awards are blocked, and the Delta Paris – New York flight causes the itinerary to jump to 212,500.
I called in an asked Delta to accommodate me on the Paris-New York nonstop under the waiver. I even said, “It’s a stretch, but if you can do it…” They did. I have the hassle of a London Heathrow connection, something I only might consider if flying Virgin Atlantic, and even then it is the airport in the world I most want to avoid.
I didn’t claim to be under duress or need under the waiver, still I felt guilt for taking advantage of it. The one seat probably won’t make a difference to someone in need, and there are alternate flights if so.
Still, I felt a bit guilty for the opportunism.
Readers, your take?