If you’re planning to fly American Airlines this holiday season, they may be getting ready to Grinch you. That’s because the airline is scrambling to fill a holiday pilot shortage. How did that happen? The software that American uses to schedule employee's hours accidentally approved ALL Christmas vacation requests! Oops!
Now, they’re scrambling to fill the void. A spokesman for the airline said today American is offering pilots time and a half to work open dates during the busy travel period, instead of taking their vacations.
The airline said it's working diligently to avoid canceling flights, but if you’re planning to fly out of American’s biggest hubs such as New York, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago's O'Hare…be warned, your flight could be affected.
Even if you're NOT flying American, the cancellations will cause other airlines to fill up QUICKLY, so book flights now if you haven't already, and keep checking the status as you get closer to your travel date to make sure it hasn't been canceled!