Monday, August 18, 2008

Travel fun

Blogging's been light because I've been on the road late last week and this weekend. It's been adventurous; I've already been re-routed once due to weather, and there could be more weather problems today. With a bit of luck, I should be home tonight, and back to regular blogging tomorrow.

I must admit that, in spite of all the problems with the airlines recently, I've been treated very well by the airline. I think a big part of it is because I have flown enough to get elite status as a frequent flier. While I won't complain about getting help with travel plans, I do think it is unfair that most fliers don't get the same service. I suspect that airline travel would be much more comfortable if everyone were treated as valued customers instead of self-boarding cattle.

To any airline execs that may read this (probably none): I get that delays happen. I know you can't control the weather. And I know that jet fuel prices are high. I'm willing to pay extra for my ticket, though I won't reject the deeply-discounted fares you are offering me that don't even cover the cost of fuel, let alone operations, needed to get me from point A to point B. But I think it stinks that you want to charge me money to put my bag in the hold. And I refuse to pay for potable water. I'll travel on a competitor first, no matter how many frequent flier perks you give me. Raise fares, I'll pay. Nickel-and-dime me, and I'll walk to the next counter.

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