The Dam Flights
You know what happens to you when you move to a foreign country? You start looking into flights to meet up with friends in some American city and you have to spend hours on Expedia examining the flight times, connection cities, connection airports, airline combinations and all other manner of minutia.
Why? Well, to avoid 27 hour flight durations from Manchester to Vegas. To avoid connections that fly into London Heathrow and out of London Gatwick without actually telling you that. To avoid connections in the US with just under an hour to make the flight, when you have to collect luggage, clear customs, and re-clear security in that time. Or to avoid spending 8 hours in the airport in Chicago. I've done that once this year...I will not do it again.
So we didn't book the cheapest flight. Nor did we book the flight that connected in the UK as we SWORE we always would after our experience with the flights from hell in July, because of the previously mentioned Heathrow and Gatwick are like 50 miles apart, how can we make that connection in 2 hours? problem. We booked on an airline I won't mention connecting in a city I won't mention because I don't want the horror stories pouring in after spending 2 hours booking the damn thing.
But it isn't Chicago. Sorry Chicago, I love you, but I'm afraid of your airport. Don't feel bad, I'm afraid of Newark too.
Still, it's done, and I get to go to one of my best friend's weddings, and that makes it all worth it.