Just booked four tickets for our family to fly to New York City in August. May I whine again about frequent flyer programs? As much as I love the money they save me, they sure can cause travel inconveniences. I had enough points with American Airlines to acquire two free tickets. For the departure I had many choices of times and layover cities on aa.com, so I selected a convenient non-stop flight. For the journey home, there was only one option on the date I chose to travel so I booked it. Fortunately it was a fairly convenient itinerary.
The attempt to purchase the other two family members' tickets is when it became difficult. I couldn't find the return flight available for purchase anywhere: not on AmericanAirlines.com, not on Kayak or Expedia. The not-so-fun result? We're not flying home together. I had to find a different flight home for my husband and daughter that departed approximately the same time from the same airport (LaGuardia). Managed it, luckily. But it sure would be nice to be on the same plane with my whole family.