***5:45PM SUNDAY UPDATE…. DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO 9AM EASTERN ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19….
***LO AND BEHOLD! Just a few minutes ago, I received the very first call back from a US Airways Baggage Claim representative since Thursday. *checking watch* …. Um, I wonder if that’s because two East Coast CBS stations are about to air the story in the next 30 minutes? Hmm.
The window of opportunity for someone to make the $1,000 reward may be closing!!
***And KYW-TV 3 in Philadelphia will be airing my interview tonight on their news as well…. The contest is still wide open… no takers yet!
If you always wanted to be on “The Amazing Race” but couldn’t commit the time…. read on…..
Here’s the scoop: During the ice/snow storm this past Thursday, I wound up not traveling from Charlotte to Philadelphia because of the ever-increasing delay in takeoff time. The wait for me to talk to an agent in the Charlotte Airport was so long that there was no time to pull my luggage off the Philadelphia-bound flight, even though my reservation wound up being cancelled.
Thanks to the “care-not” attitude of US Airways, I haven’t seen nor heard news of my luggage since Thursday at 3:00PM. I have followed all of the rules they told me to, but no one at US Airways seems at all motivated to help me. The coup-de-grace was when, this afternoon, the 800-number for baggage problems ceased to function. So we hopped in the car and drove to Charlotte Airport.
After a 30-minute wait in line, the baggage office attendant said there was no information at all about my bag and that it was probably sitting somewhere in the Philadelphia International Airport baggage claim area. They were swamped in Philly, he said. His best offer of help: “Email US Airways on our website and you will get an answer in 3-4 days.” Well, I can’t wait that long.
And that is where the power of the Internet will now be tested. I hereby announce a once-in-a-
lifetime month week chance to beat US Airways at its own business: FIND AND GET my luggage TO ME by 9AM on Monday, February 19, 2007 — and you will get $1,000.00.
If you only FIND IT by that time tomorrow morning you will get $500.
Here’s how it will work. My luggage is a black, medium-sized Victorinox/Swiss Army brand roller-board. It has a bright, light green personal name tag on the side handle. It also has a Star Alliance orange “Priority” tag on the luggage tag (lots of good that did!)
The Contest Rules are pretty simple:
If you can get my luggage retrieved from US Airways Baggage Claim in Philadelphia and in my hands in Charlotte (by whatever means you choose) by
9pm tomorrow night9AM MONDAY MORNING, I will reward you with $1,000.
If you can get my luggage retrieved from US Airways Baggage Claim in Philadelphia and successfully have a US Airways Representative call me to verify they have my luggage by
9pm tomorrow night9AM MONDAY MORNING, I will reward you with $500.
To receive either the $1,000 or $500 prize, you must be able to provide me with the US Airways Baggage Tag ID# (on the baggage tag affixed to top handle), the flight number the luggage flew on (also on the baggage tag) AND the name and phone number of the US Airways Baggage Claim Representative in Philadelphia so I can follow-up.
All contents of the luggage must be intact.
There are THREE US AIRWAYS Baggage Claim Areas at Philadephia International Airport…. check ’em all!
The prize money is out of my personal wallet and will not come from any GayPatriot-related income from donations or Pajamas Media revenue.
NOTE: US Airways employees are NOT eligible for this contest since they have already told me (with their inaction and policies) that they don’t care about my luggage; and in any case it is THEIR JOB.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN! If you are the one to find my luggage… there are two ways to contact me:
Have a US Airways Baggage Claim Representative in Philadelphia call me at the home number on the Lost Luggage Claim I filed with them on Thursday. Calls from US Airways will be accepted at anytime.
PS — A few side notes:
If you are on the West Coast and have friends in Philly… call them and split the reward with them!
If you have some personal connections with folks in the news media in Philly or Charlotte and can help shine light on US Airways incompetence, I’ll make sure you get a nice gift certificate to Best Buy.
I will use the comment section to clarify and/or answer any questions… or EMAIL ME directly.