$300 in fees. Hours on the phone. Endless attempts at being patient with people who clearly could care less about any of it.
No trip to Newfoundland.
So, I finally get credit for our air miles. I transfered, at considerable non-refundable expense, some of my parent's miles so we would have enough for the flights to Canada. And then I call to make the reservations and there is exactly one flight to St. Johns available for the entire month of August, which flies out of Boston, via Toronto. We would land in St. Johns at 3am. But the single available return flight is 13 days later... which is impossible for us. In other words, Air Canada, United's nefarious demon-possessed partner in crime, has blacked out the entire summer for air miles users. And because Air Canada is run by the government, they don't have to play by any rules at all. They ARE the rules.
1 flight. For the entire month.
I give up.
I now have 100K miles which we are unable to use. I called my folks to tell them the bad news on Saturday.
Dad called me back this morning with a counter proposal. We think we are going to drive to Nova Scotia and hang out together at the halfway point for a week.
Airlines (all of them) be damned.