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Cost of Airfare

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Lugnuts, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    United is upping its change fee and bringing back Sat. stay over. Others will surely follow suit.

    Is the cost of airfare affecting, or do you think it will affect travel at your shop? Will beats or have beats been eliminated?
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Depends. Enterprising people will always check Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, etc., for better deals.

    If you look long and hard, good airfares are out there.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    United is the Spawn of Satan. I've never flown an airline that employed more unhelpful and out-and-out hostile people. I think they train them to act like assholes.

    I used to think it was just me bringing out the inner asshole in people but I hear the same thing from other United users.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    UA and AA remain neck-and-neck in this thrilling competition.
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    I hear that.

    We have been booking our flights on orbitz for awhile now, and aside from the occasional deal I think we could probably do a whole lot better if we were allowed to shop around a little.
  6. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    We cut back slightly this year. I'm guessing the cuts will run even deeper next year.

    Luckily it looks like all the major beats will remain untouched, though.
  7. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    It's not just you. I've never met ruder airline people than those who work for United. And it's been that way for at least 20 years.
  8. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Our shop won't allow us to use Orbitz or Priceline or the like. They count as "travel agents" and we aren't allowed to use "travel agents" -- how silly.

    It's just as well. I'm sure it would screw up my continental points.
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I use American quite bit and they aren't anywhere near as rude and incompetent as United.
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    They're pretty much operating out of the same playbook, in my mind. AA and US Air have done the most damage to me, baggagewise, and if I hear the phrase,
    "We're a businesssssss aaaaaairlineeeeee" one more time out of a UA or AA stew, I'll puke on the spot. Sure, lady, all of your passengers are going to pay last-minute business fares to put up with your endless abuses. Bet me.
  11. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    are there any airlines that are actually enjoyable to fly? sure, you get some nice perks on jet blue (TV) and midwest (warm chocolate cookies) but flying has become a miserable experience.
  12. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    My paper is looking, I think, at REALLY cutting down on flights. I've heard we're the only department still traveling, and I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't cut to only covering things we can drive to.

    With gas costs, I'm not sure that's going to save much money.
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