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27th December 2007, 08:05 AM
Just a rant about airlines. I always thought they had dubious business practices but this takes the cake. I have a friend visiting and we checked flights and a round trip from the 28th-1st was exactly the same price as a round trip from the 28th-2nd. So my friend accidently books the latter, and just about an hour later realizes her mistake and calls them back. To move the second flight back a day will cost $300. Since it's short notice she can't cancel her entire flight and rebook with the new dates without losing even more. I know it costs money to fly, but that is absolutely crazy. Why on earth do they charge so much just to move a single date? An hour after the first booking? Ugh, I hate airlines sometimes.
27th December 2007, 08:58 AM
Because they can.
27th December 2007, 09:40 AM
Hopefully your friend learns a lesson in 'paying attention to detail'.
27th December 2007, 09:41 AM
Look up the legal meaning of deregulation and see how it affects you. You may be surprised by what they can do to/for you.
The Central Scrutinizer
30th December 2007, 02:05 PM
Fly Southwest whenever possible.
31st December 2007, 07:58 AM
Hopefully not a derail (because my post is oriented to the forum of business) but I can't understand how any airline makes money. The risk is so huge that no rational person would attempt it -- unless they had an out. Of course, every airline does have an out. The out is the corporate exemption.
Consider the cost of the enterprise. Consider the risks. Even for a start-up -- one not encumbered with union concerns -- there really seems no upside other than the salary of being in the loop (in whatever position).
I just don't get it.
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