Airlines can have delay after delay and change in schedule after change in schedule. But, when passengers have to make changes (often because of an airline’s changes), they get slapped with hefty change fees and a change in airfare. It is not just. Airlines should bear some burden of their random schedule changes and cancellations.
First Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, then Memphis, now Cleveland, airline hubs are being cut.
Many travelers who prefer to do it themselves for simple trips will only call a travel agent for something complicated or exotic. But, in many cases when someone is looking for a special short getaway to a local hotel or resort, a travel agent might be more valuable than they think.
Some say, “If it’s a really complicated and/or special trip, you should consider using a travel agent, but for simple flights within the U.S, just go ahead and book online.” That’s not always true.
As most travelers know, airline regulation has been a mixed bag for fares. Recently the government has at least stepped in to require airlines at least to be honest in their pricing. But to my mind, the most dishonest part of an airfare is not the fare but the mandatory, and seemingly arbitrary, fuel surcharge.
As the year draws to a close, it’s too late for a mileage run. But it’s not too late to do a little travel housekeeping. Any travelers who has a little extra time might consider these tips which could save time, money and/or hassles in the year to come.
Frustration comes with mandatory hotel fees that seem unnecessary and fees for very basic services. Perhaps worst of all are sneaky fees, the ones customers don’t even know they’re paying.
A quick trip on Southwest Airlines reminded me of the one thing legacy carriers don’t offer any of their fliers — consistency.