It's good for IT sales folks as well.
This was an interesting read from the weekend, on American Airlines deciding that unlimited flying passes perhaps could be too limitless.
A good deal, and now the airline is surreptitiously looking for a way to get out of it.
I really hate airlines.
I really hate airlines.
Alternatively: a good deal, but these people took the piss so comprehensively that it's hurt the airline and meant that nobody else can get this good deal. This is why we can't have nice things.
airlines, with the lone exception of Southwest, have been systematically phasing out "nice things" since deregulation back in the early 70's. They know that people must fly, so now they treat them like the enslaved cattle that they are. My wife and I are driving six hours to St. Louis next weekend, we're doing it in a nice rental car for 88 bucks. In times past, we would have flown. I do my level best to avoid air travel nowadays, I don't like dealing with arrogant jerks who know they have me over a barrel.
European airlines are lovely. US airlines are pretty unpleasant, in my experience. (I generally fly when I fly to the US, though might fly now I've got status with them.) My experience of United, and US Airways hasn't been brilliant.
It's a standard process for a company who needs extra cash to mortgage its future for that cash. Then they gripe when the interest bites them in the ass. When you get a mortgage on your home, you end up paying 3x the purchase price, but if you're a company that needs millions, sometimes you end up paying a higher price. Just ask any poor startup who got VC money.
that really was an interesting read even though it was a long one. In my opinion the story quite resembles American economy.
It's like the Simpsons episode with the all you can eat buffet. A product based on the idea that no one actually will use it.
I recently flew to Vietnam with a layover in Japan. During the Japan leg, smiling, friendly attendants made me feel pampered (in coach). The final leg home on an american airline actually made me feel embarrassed by comparison. It was admittedly worse than my previous experiences, but the surliness of the flight crew was appalling. But, even if you replace the flight attendants, there were stark differences in the amenities included in the flight.
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