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(USA Today)   U.S. airlines report their busiest May in six years, mostly from United trying to get its passengers to their final destinations from flights that started in April   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2014-08-17 12:03:38 PM  
Retirees, families, and infrequent fliers.

The bane of the business traveler.
 
2014-08-17 01:08:12 PM  
So... with planes more full than ever, airlines profitable, old inefficient planes taken out of service, less competition through mergers, airfares much higher than they've been for a long time, and frequent flier programs gutted, we should be getting back some of those services and perks we've lost over the years, right? Right? Hello, is anyone there?

I get that things are a little tough with high oil prices, blah blah, but I just quoted one week advance purchase fares from SFO-LAX for $380. You've got to be farking kidding me.
 
2014-08-17 01:20:39 PM  

ImpendingCynic: So... with planes more full than ever, airlines profitable, old inefficient planes taken out of service, less competition through mergers, airfares much higher than they've been for a long time, and frequent flier programs gutted, we should be getting back some of those services and perks we've lost over the years, right? Right? Hello, is anyone there?

I get that things are a little tough with high oil prices, blah blah, but I just quoted one week advance purchase fares from SFO-LAX for $380. You've got to be farking kidding me.


Go on Jetblue.
 
2014-08-17 01:47:02 PM  
Thats freaking cheap. Halifax to Boston return is about 1200. 1 hour flight
 
2014-08-17 02:45:49 PM  

BolivarShagnasty: Thats freaking cheap. Halifax to Boston return is about 1200. 1 hour flight


Insane.

I go all over the Northwest on Alaska/Horizon for 250 or less, 2 hr flights or shorter typically.

Of course sometimes thats on a mighty Bombardier Q-400. But on flights of 90 mins or less, that extra 100 mph really doesn't matter, particularly when you factor in the shorter load/unload times.
 
2014-08-17 03:37:12 PM  
I realize that airline travel is often the most practical when you count in time and fatigue, but I am happy that my new job requires almost no flying. They supply the car and gas, and I travel as needed without much need for pre-approval.

I had a shot at a job that quite probably would have had me in airports 2x each week, 40+ weeks a year. May have been more lucrative, but this one is more relaxed most of the time.

I am on call 24/7 and have to do some weekend stuff, but I have been called in once in the last 12 months and can often work my travel around my personal/family schedule.
 
2014-08-17 05:51:35 PM  

Unobtanium: I realize that airline travel is often the most practical when you count in time and fatigue, but I am happy that my new job requires almost no flying. They supply the car and gas, and I travel as needed without much need for pre-approval.

I had a shot at a job that quite probably would have had me in airports 2x each week, 40+ weeks a year. May have been more lucrative, but this one is more relaxed most of the time.

I am on call 24/7 and have to do some weekend stuff, but I have been called in once in the last 12 months and can often work my travel around my personal/family schedule.


Nice. It was miserable when I first started traveling as "low man" on the totem pole. Tons of multi-layover trips to horrible remote places, lousy departure times, etc. Was single at the time, but I still missed all kinds of things with friends. When I stuck around long enough on that team to gain seniority, it was almost nothing but driving trips to places of my choosing, and at the times when it worked out best for my family and I.

Don't travel much anymore, but I'd still rather drive twelve hours than fly two. I hate both airports and the airlines themselves.
 
2014-08-18 06:24:24 PM  
Had a fun experience with Delta last week. My gate checked bag (last boarding group, full overheads) on a direct flight to Minneapolis,got rerouted to Kansas City.

I mean that's taking a level of effort at incompetence.
 
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