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Today I took my first quasi-mileage run to San Francisco on American Airlines. This was prompted by many converging factors, including double elite qualifying miles and double redeemable miles on the DFW – SFO portion, as well as a post-Mega Do bonus that will award 3x miles for OneWorld MegaDO participants. I have also never been to San Fransisco, so was all for seeing the city, if only for an afternoon. Since I was flying on American, this meant a connection today at DFW Airport. I knew the weather forecast for the Dallas area today wasn’t fantastic, but frankly I was too busy to really think much of it.
We boarded our flight from DFW – SFO on time, but then spent some time sitting on the tarmac before departure. I was asleep on and off, so I am not sure how long we were delayed (though I don’t think it was for very long). I do remember hearing an announcement that we would be taking off to the East and would be flying North for a bit before turning West. When we landed at San Francisco, I overheard the flight attendants talking about tornadoes in Dallas about damage to planes at DFW. Turns out about an hour or so after we left, the DFW area was hit by a pretty nasty storm that produced tornadoes and very large hail. That isn’t all that uncommon for April in Texas, but it isn’t often that an airport takes a hit.
I was lucky in making it out of DFW, as shortly thereafter all American Airlines flights were grounded at DFW for the remainder of the day. Well, at least according to Twitter all flights were grounded, according to some reports it looks like some flights may actually be making it out. I am sure that DFW is an absolute zoo now with stranded passengers. I did see that Hyatt is offering some special rates at hotels in the Dallas area as a result of the storms, and they are also waiving cancellation policies for hotels in the area. It wouldn’t surprise me if other hotels and offering something similar.
As for me, I am scheduled to fly home early in the morning through DFW on American. Anyone want to place bets on whether or not my flights happen as scheduled? I don’t have much flexibility in my schedule since I have to get back and take care of my kiddo, so I need to get home one way or another tomorrow. With reports of over 100 American planes being inspected for hail damage at DFW, I am not confident that all will return to normal when the sun rises in the morning. I am hopeful, but I am also eying other back-up options (including some options using points on other airlines) to get back to Houston tomorrow. It’s always have to have a Plan B.
While the storm undoubtedly caused damage in the DFW area, I am glad that so far reports of injuries have been minimal. Did the storms in Dallas impact your travel plans? Wanna place odds on my flights in the morning? 😉
Update: I checked my segments for tomorrow and my SFO-DFW is showing on-time and looks like the plane is already there, however my DFW-IAH segment shows as cancelled. Does American not have some automated system to let you know that has happened? Of the two segments, I would clearly rather the DFW-IAH segment be the one that is cancelled since it leaves me closer to home and with more options. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a smooth as possible for me and all the other American Airlines travelers out there!