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Over on Milepoint, TUMD has uncovered a mystery. Evidently something is going on in St. Louis on October 19th. And it must be something big, because whatever it is, it’s causing all American Airlines award flights to be listed as unavailable that day.

I have been trying to figure out a flight back from HNL in October with AA miles (either economy or business) and I can find flights to the mainland the evening of Oct 18th but there is nothing from any connecting city to STL. The strange thing is that each city I looked at (LAX, SFO, MSP, CLT, etc.) all have no saver availability on Oct 19th but for the most part every other day in the month is open except that one. Does anyone know what the heck is going on in STL that would cause this one date to have no availability? ~TUMD

DIG/R_1K offers a possible explanation:

Someone in AA Rev. Mgmt. is optimistic that the St. Louis Cardinals will be in the World Series that weekend?

Possible, but exceptionally unlikely. Though as a Kansas City Royals fan growing up there will always be a spot in my heart for the Cardinals – as the Royals got their lone World Series victory against them.

No, there must be some other reason for this clear attempt by American to keep frequent flyers out of St. Louis that day.

DJP_707 provides another implausible theory – though perhaps more plausible than DIG/R_1K’s:

A newfound comet is apparently on course to have an exceedingly close call with the planet Mars on October 19 2014, and there is a chance — albeit small — that the comet may even collide with the Red Planet.


I typed “St. Louis 10/19/14” and learned that the Rams play the Seahawks at home. Another possibility I suppose.

But then another result showed that the St. Louis Rock ‘n Roll Marathon is held on, you guessed it, Oct. 19th.

Is it possible that the Running & Miles bloggers have convinced marathoners everywhere to start collecting and cashing in points to get to their races?

TUMD, I believe we have detected the cause of this travel mystery. Look no further than:

Read the thread in its entirety: What is the deal with October 19th??

Image: “St. Louis” by Dave Herholz. CC BY-SA 2.0.