The passengers recently told their story to NBC 29 in Charlottesville, VA (go Hoos!).
Back in July, they had used Hotwire to book Thanksgiving travel plans from Charlottesville to Colorado Springs, but when they showed up at the airport to make the first short leg from C’ville to Dulles International in Washington, D.C., they were told there was no longer a United flight from Dulles to Colorado Springs.
The best they could do was a flight to Denver, which would require them to drive the hour-plus south to Colorado Springs after they arrived.
They reached out to Hotwire to figure out what happened. Reps at the site said they would “research” what happened, which led to rounds of finger-pointing between Hotwire and the airline.
After several weeks of no one providing an explanation for how this happened, United finally produced evidence that it had alerted Hotwire to changes to this route back in August. That bit of important news was never passed on to the actual passengers.
In fact, Hotwire sent the passengers a confirmation e-mail for the now-nonexistent flight in mid-November.
The site tells NBC 29 that it’s looking into the matter, but the passengers say they will never use Hotwire again.