Cutting It Close is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report which covers the following places:
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- New York, New York
- Hong Kong
- Sydney, Australia
- Darwin, Australia
- Melbourne, Australia
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Marlborough, New Zealand
- San Francisco, California
Living in Puerto Rico has many advantages. One of the best is the availability of direct flights to NYC. For 16k JetBlue points, I was able to leave SJU at the last minute for JFK. If everything went according to plan, I would leave at midnight and arrive in NY at 3AM. My flight to Hong Kong was at 9AM, affording me enough time if there were a slight delay not to miss my HKG flight and allowing me to skip staying in an overpriced airport hotel. On the other hand, if there were a substantial delay, I risked losing my first class Cathay flight and killing the last-minute itinerary that I meticulously pieced together (see HKG! AUS! NZ! Booking a Last Minute Trip Down Under). I went on flightstats.com to see the history of flight delays on this route. Delays were minor so I decided to risk it.
The day of departure I kept refreshing the flight status screen while remaining fixated on the weather. It didn’t help that the windiest and coldest day in Puerto Rico was the day before my flight with the erratic weather spilling into the day of my flight.
In the end, there was no delay and I arrived at JFK at 3AM. I was not able to check-in until 5:30AM and had to wait in the freezing cold terminal debating if I should have taken a later flight.
Would you do what I did or would you arrive a day earlier?