QOTD: Got Me Drove

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

The news cycle has been rife with stories about delayed travel and upended plans thanks to the wild weather being experienced across much of the U.S. and Canada. One harried traveler in Canada chose to rent a car and drive the 2,000 miles (plus a seven-hour ferry ride) to his home rather than wait three or four days in uncertainty for his rescheduled flight.

Here's our question to you: How far would you drive if an airline left you stranded?

Your author had a similar experience at the tail end of a Vegas trip during pre-covid times. With our destination airport socked in, the airline instead deposited a planeload of people at a tiny, three-gate airport with few services and even less information about rescheduling. Making fast friends with the person sitting next to us, my spouse and I shared the cost of a rental car with another person and set out into the snowstorm, hell-bent on making it home sooner than the ‘could be two days, could be three’ promise from the uncommunicative airline. 

It was like splitting an Uber or cab uptown, except with a distance stretching into the hundreds of miles. Everything worked out in the end, though we never saw a cent from the air carrier. Beats loitering in a lonely airport with a hundred other stranded travelers, of course.

How about you? What’s your breaking point in this scenario? Would you hammer it 2,000 miles in a tired rental to be home for Christmas or some other event if there was no guarantee of a rescheduled flight in the next couple of days? Sound off in the comments.

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Dale Dale on Dec 28, 2022

    We did the 700 miles from ATL to CLE last summer when our airline was backed up for several days of flights. I am surprised we were able to get a rental at the airport, tbh. Our rental Camry was pretty bare bones but at least it had Carplay.

    We did stop overnight in Cinci at my sister's house.

  • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Dec 28, 2022

    "got me drove"?

  • El scotto El scotto on Dec 28, 2022

    -smirking- can I rent an EV at the airport? Or to be really wasteful have a Chevy Suburban just haul two people around?

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jan 01, 2023

    Flying sucks and rental cars are gross.