However, USAirways regretted to inform me, via email at 2:15pm, that my itinerary had been "modified due to an unexpected flight change," but that I had been booked on "the next available flight. If the new itinerary is not acceptable, please contact," etc. Well, I knew the next USAirways flight to Philadelphia left at 7:30pm, okay ... no wait: according to USAirways, what I was supposed to do was take a 7pm flight to National Airport in DC, then a 10:05pm flight to Philadelphia. No, that was not acceptable.
I called USAirways, and the agent explained to me that, sorry, my flight had been cancelled due to weather issues and both the 7:30pm and the 5:30pm flights were full (presumably, with others already re-booked), and this really, truly was the best they could do. But I was entitled to a full refund, if I wanted it.
So, I checked with JetBlue, which recently had begun the BOS-PHL route, and they did have seats available on their own, not-cancelled 6:10pm flight. Booked, and I tweeted.
New low: @Usairways cancels flight, books me tonight to PHL from BOS via DCA, instead of my nonstop flight. @Jetblue to the rescue!
— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) June 30, 2013
To which I received two responses:
@adambonin Adam, we're doing the best we can w the weather conditions. If we can check for options plz follow & DM your confirmation. Thx^SV
— US Airways (@USAirways) June 30, 2013
@adambonin We're so glad you're flying with us. Hope it's fabulous!
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) June 30, 2013
I did DM the info to USAirways; not until an hour later did they tweet back that it was, indeed, my only option. By the time I got to Boston, the weather situation in Philadelphia was such that my 6:10pm JetBlue flight was now set for 8:45pm; annoying, but, hey, there's a Legal Seafood at the terminal, and at least it's a direct flight.
But I noticed that JetBlue also had a 4pm flight still delayed because of the weather (scheduled departure: 8pm), and I figured, what the heck, ask, and indeed the JetBlue gate agent believed they could accommodate me as a stand-by. At the same time, they announced the ground stop in Philadelphia had been lifted early, and within a half-hour I was on the plane. We took off at 7pm, landed at 8:30pm in Philadelphia. I tweeted my thanks; they tweeted back:
@adambonin We're happy to help, Adam! Hope to see you again soon!
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) July 1, 2013
Postscript: JetBlue's second flight did leave at 8:45pm and arrive in Philadelphia at 10pm. The scheduled 7pm USAirways flight from BOS-DCA landed at 9:08pm, about a half-hour late. The subsequent DCA-PHL flight, scheduled to leave at 10:05pm and arrive in Philadelphia at 11:02pm, is at this moment scheduled to depart DCA at 11:58 this evening and arrive in Philadelphia at 12:55am.
USAirways has told me that my refund is being processed.