As my terrible luck would have it, I booked a trip to Nashville this weekend. As I made the flight reservations back in February, I remember a slight anxiety when I hit the trip insurance section. In fact, I asked a coworker next to me if I should bother getting it. I have literally never selected this option, but I felt like maybe I should. My colleague said it couldn’t hurt, especially with the way Covid-19 has affected travel plans for a year now. So I ticked the box, paid the fee, and went on about life.

A few days ago I got a text with a trip advisory alert regarding weather. I’ve gotten this alert for many flights in the past, and so I didn’t worry about it. Until today. My sister, whom I’m visiting in Nashville, contacted me worried about the trip. She has two guests visiting her whose flights back to Boise have been canceled due to weather in the Rocky Mountains. The issue being that these flights into Boise have layovers in Denver. Guess whose flight has a layover in Denver tomorrow morning.

As of yet, my flights to and from Nashville are on schedule. But that could change any moment. United, the airline I’m flying, has already canceled over 150 flights. And many other airlines have followed suit. Hundreds of flights originating, laying over, or ending in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska have been canceled.

Here’s hoping the weather cuts me a break and allows me to take my husband on his very much needed birthday weekend trip. I’ve exhausted all rescheduling options and none are viable. Either we fly through Denver or not at all. But at least I have that trip insurance.

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