I’ve had two trips involving Savannah. One was intentional; I flew down for my sister’s wedding.
For the other trip, I was actually trying to go to Charleston for work. My employer has a contract carrier program in place – airlines bid for contracts for one-way trips between various city pairs. If flights are available on the contract carrier for that city pairs, I have to take it (with limited, justification-required exceptions). United was the contract carrier for DAY–CHS, so I booked my flight through them.
However, this trip occurred in early 2012, not long after United had merged their reservation system with Continental’s, and they were having lots of issues with it. As a result, one of my flights was cancelled, and United was unable to get me to Charleston that same day themselves or on any other airline. However, they were able to get me on a Delta itinerary to Savannah (about a two hour drive away), and rebook my return flight from SAV so I wouldn’t have to do a one-way rental.
Atlanta is the busiest passenger airport in the world and an enormous Delta hub, but it’s largely functioned as my gateway to central Florida on AirTran – five of the eight visits were on the way to or from Orlando.
I’ve also had two unplanned trips through Atlanta, and both of them involved the origin or destination airport changing as well.
For the first, I was supposed fly home from San Francisco through Cincinnati to Dayton, but due to the Comair strike I ended up being rebooked from San José through Atlanta to Dayton instead. That Atlanta to Dayton flight was also my first flight in first class, as Delta had upgraded me for the inconvenience of my itinerary change.
The second change was on a work trip originally booked as Dayton through Chicago-O’Hare to Charleston. This trip was in the early days of the merger of United’s and Continental’s reservation systems, which led to a good portion of my United flights being changed around. In this case, one of my flights got cancelled, and United couldn’t find me another flight to Charleston the same day on any airline serving Dayton. They could, however, book me on a Delta flight through Atlanta to Savannah, where I could then drive the remaining two hours up the coast.