I found a fairly inexpensive flight for B to travel back to NC today. I searched various travel websites, airline websites and made a bunch of phone calls to find out about bereavement/compassion fares. I found the best deal through priceline.com. I was most surprised to find out that the fares I was able to find at the actual airline sites were at least $200 more than the travel sites. I don't quite understand how the airlines can't charge the same (or less), but I don't have time to do the research into why at the moment.
DH's flight left at 6:05AM, which meant we had to leave the house at 4AM. We scooped up the kids and put them in the van with blankets from their beds. All 3 fell back to sleep promptly.
We got to the airport without incident, but when I was attempting to leave, a truck backed into our van. Thankfully, the damage wasn't great and the man was very nice. He had all the information handy, was polite and apologetic, and had even already made a claim by the time I called the insurance company.
We share the same insurance company (GEICO) and I have to say that so far, they've been great. The CSR took my information quickly and efficiently, got me a claim number and if I had wanted to throw the kids back in the car, we could have dropped off the van today! Since C had come home and gone back to sleep, I opted for an appointment tomorrow instead. They are supposed to have a minivan rental waiting for me. It really has been painless! Plus, the other driver accepted blame, so it won't even be a ding on our insurance.
I've been with GEICO for over 15 years now and I've always been pleased with their service. I think this might be the 4th claim we've made in that time, and the first in Arizona.
My DH will be in the air or at airports for a little over 10 hours today, and then he has a 2 hour drive to his sister's place. I wish we could be together for this journey, but I'm glad we made the journey we did earlier this week.