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While working at a Chicago airport as a Customer Service Manager for a major airline, I came across an agent in a tense conversation with a customer whose flight was cancelled due to weather. His final destination was Milwaukee, about 80 miles away from where we stood. It was the end of his trip and he just wanted to get home. It was 10 a.m. and the next available flight wasn’t until 4 p.m. which would have him arrive in Milwaukee in time for dinner. Of course, he could standby for the earlier flights but I just kept thinking to myself, why is he wasting his time arguing with this agent about flying 80 miles?

I went over to the desk and the customer relayed to me his issue – to which I responded, “Are you really going to stick around here for 5-6 hours?” He said, “I don’t really know my other options at this point.” I told him about a shuttle bus to and from the Milwaukee airport, leaving from the bus station right in the middle of terminal 1, 2, and 3. Of course, he ran to the bus terminal and went on his way.

A trend I see constantly in the travel industry is the reliance on regional jets to smaller markets. Most airlines do this in order to fill up their mainline jets at their particular hubs (Hub and Spoke philosophy). On clear sunny beautiful days, these regional planes work relatively well. But in less than ideal weather, these planes tend to cancel or have very long delays.

After seeing and dealing with these issues, it made me want to help more travelers out there to know their regional options. One city at a time, I will display as many options as possible for travelers to complete that last leg home (or to that meeting!) along with some tips to help the travel process. I have started with Chicago but will soon add other city origins. The cities chosen are served by the major airlines, and the alternate options include car companies offering one way rentals, bus companies, and rail operators. Some of these modes of transportation leave directly from the airport and some depart from a downtown location – so you will also notice transportation to and from downtown, along with service to alternate airports.

Are there times when you just have to wait it out at the airport? Absolutely. But other times you need to find alternative methods to get away. This site is designed to allow you to make the best choice.

More cities are on the way, and please feel free to send me emails with your comments.

Safe travels to all!”

– Timothy McCormick, Founder of Stuck Traveler

 


If you are a stuck traveler, our mission is to get you where you need to go…

by-car

 

All of these cars provide service for one way travel from airport to airport. Prices are reviewed weekly and all airports are researched. Prices do not include specials, insurance, or any other ancillary charges. For Chicago, Midway airport tends to be a few dollars lower on average.

 

 

by-train

 

All schedules are reviewed weekly and the lowest price for the week will be illustrated. Additional prices can be viewed on the provider’s website – follow the link provided. The station locations have been provided and please note the non-airport locations.

 

 

by-bus

 

All schedules are reviewed weekly and the lowest price for the week will be illustrated. Additional prices can be viewed on the provider’s website – follow the link provided. The station locations have been provided and please note the non-airport locations.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices and schedules are subject to change


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