So, did you go to Blogher?
What did you think?
I thought that in comparison to last year, the conference itself was not as good.
There were fewer branding /companies, and relevant ones, there and the sessions had nothing that could inspire me as I am not new to blogging. I think that the catering department was a bit ‘over-whelmed’ by the number of participants. It was disheartening to see so many people not having anywhere to sit during meals and being forced to sit on the floor outside of the dining room. Especially the mom’s-to-be and the moms with babies. I am not sure it was worth getting high-priced key note speakers (really- I don’t care about what Martha Stewart and Katie Couric have to say- that wasn’t why I was there).
The pluses of the event were of course the parties and being able to meet new people- the faces behind the blogs. I had a wonderful time in New York and have the blisters to prove it. The hotel was actually really nice especially for the price (NYC….).
And then there was the shopping…….need I say more?
When we left NYC on Sunday it turned out that our tickets were booked for the next Sunday and for an extra $300 per ticket I was able to get tickets for that day. I figured it was better than wasting a week in NYC and any reimbursements etc could be handled when I get home.
Our flight was fully booked and they were good about herding us into the plane as soon as possible because of the oncoming storm conditions. Unfortunately, the plane was grounded due to mechanical issues and we had to sit in the (stuffy!) plane for an hour. When we were ready to roll, the storm was just as ready and we were, forcing us to sit there for nearly another two hours. It would have been not so bad if we did not have one not-so-sweet flight attendant yelling at people to put their seat backs up and to stay out of the aisles even though it was impossible for the plane to move due to the line up of planes around us waiting to take off. Relax lady!
And because our plane was over two hours late, we missed our connector flight back home to Hooterville. And the next flight home to Hooterville, the last flight of the day as well. The airlines offered to give us a hotel voucher with a booking on the 10 am the next morning.
Of what use is a hotel voucher if they won’t let you get your luggage since the luggage guys go home at 10pm (yep…seriously)?
Luckily, we were able to get a text out to my husband before leaving NYC asking him to drive the three hours to pick us up at the airport. So hubby dropped everything and drove to the airport.I was glad hubby came because it was worth sleeping in my own bed and not in a hotel room without clean clothes or my toothbrush. The next morning we headed out to the local Hooterville airport at 11 am and we were lucky enough to retrieve our luggage while wearing clean clothes and having freshly brushed teeth.
Getting back to that extra $300 charge per ticket stuff…
The nice flight attendant suggested that I contact the customer service to tell them that I missed my flight due to mechanical issues and that I could possibly get a flight voucher.
Have you ever tried to contact American Airlines?
I should have known better when I got off of the plane and the ticket counter lady printed out the information on how to contact the company. The information was printed on a dot matrix looking printer. Remember dot matrix? The information said that the best way to contact the airlines, since there really is NO customer service number, is via email. All I need to do is go to their website and click on contact. HA! Contact on their website is actually a bunch of FAQ’s. When I finally found something that resembled what I was looking for, I was given a phone number which led to me to a recording that told me in order to request a refund I need to send them a letter via snail mail. [Insert here- remember the dot matrix reference above? Are we feeling the 80’s?].
So, all of that money I saved while originally booking early with all of the coupon codes etc, had been eroded by a thing called snail-mail. And we all thought snail-mail was so over …
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