So to continue where I left off last night, at JHB airport:
My laptop battery did die, there were no standby planes avaliable back to Cape Town at an earlier time, and I was going to miss the Champions League Final.
That was all until I went to check in to my 8pm flight to Cape Town, 3 hours after arriving at the airport. SAA had managed to overbook my flight, not by one, or two, but by twenty six people. Guess who was one of the lucky few not to get a seat on the plane? That’s right, it was me.
I couldn’t believe it, I had probably been waiting the longest out of all the passengers to board that flight, but still there was no ticket for me. As you can imagine I was rather tense, and a lot of steam was coming out my ears. I sure let the poor SAA staff member know my feelings towards them. What made it even worse was the fact that they couldn’t get me on any other flight that night back home. They were all fully booked.
How can you overbook a flight by 26 people?
So what happened? SAA put me up in the D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace for the night. A beautiful R1585 per person per night room. I got to watch Barcelona beat Arsenal on my king size bed, with a Castle lager, and a sirloin steak. All at the expense of SAA.
Oh, and I got a free return ticket to anywhere in South Africa, valid for 300 and something days.
Should I be angry with them?