The Dash for Platinum: Seventh Leg – DTW to ATL

by Anthony Losanno

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By this point, I was ready to go home. My flight from JFK landed 13 minutes late and I had now been to eight hubs (full recap here). This flight from DTW was going to be quick with an even faster connection to Tampa once I arrived in ATL (I was able to switch to an earlier flight). After landing, I went to the Sky Club® near A43 (I’ll have a review of this lounge posted next week).

Delta Sky Club DTW A43

The Sky Club® was small, but served the purpose of killing time while I waited for my flight to Atlanta.

ATL Sign

The flight boarded on time from Gate A66 and we left eight minutes behind schedule. I originally had about 90 minutes before my connection, but we were leaving early and coming into Gate A21 in ATL. My new connection to TPA would depart Gate A20 and boarding as we landed.

DTW to ATL Map

The flight was blocked for two hours and 11 minutes, but we made it under two hours.

AL Cockpit

The captain was great and even took my picture sitting in the cockpit (I’ve never done this before and was excited). I told him about this adventure and he laughed.

DTW to ATL Flight

We taxied out and were in the air quickly. It always helps when the captain is catching a flight home. We made good time. Wi-Fi was inoperable on the flight, so I had to rely on the moving map in the IFE to track the flight and calm my nerves since my connection was going to be really tight. We landed four minutes before my flight to TPA was to begin boarding, but our gate was not ready. It took a few moments for another aircraft to push off and for us to get into the gate.

Tampa Sign

I had now hit all nine hubs in under 48 hours! Time to go get on my flight home.

Anthony’s Take: This was the final flight needed to hit all nine hubs in under 48 hours. It was a quick flight, but the captain made it one I will always remember since I got to sit in the cockpit for a photo.

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