Miss. Opinionated : The woes of Travel - Budget Airlines
It leaves you speechless then turns you into a story teller
As you well know, my sweeter self is quite the avid adventurer, having travelled to over 50 destinations in the past year alone, I am a firm believer in living with no excuses, and travelling with no regrets.
Unfortunately, this ethos is constantly being tested. As the frequent traveller meets one challenge to the next, little things we have come to enjoy and assume as human rights (though irrevocably they are not) become a growing pile of weights burdening us as we trudge our way through.
Regrets no, but resentment? Plenty.
In today's rant about the "other" side of travelling, let's take a look at a couple of things that really make my blood boil, leaving me with a fresh dose of resentment right from the get go of my travels!
The very definition of a Budget Airline is that they sell cheap tickets 👍.
Except.. they're really not cheap at all after you take into account the insane charges for simple things like choosing a seat, altering a booking, adding hold luggage and even printing boarding passes at the airport. All these extra fees add up to essentially a not very cheap ticket at all. In fact, it's probably more expensive than flying with a non-budget airline.
But it doesn't end there..
Exorbitantly priced garbage food.
Bar the free bag of peanuts, most budget airlines will charge ridiculous amounts of money for "premium" food and drinks. So, what, the strategy to make people spend $20 on garbage is to chuck them crap for free, then make them pay undue amounts of money for anything better? Oh, I forgot that, that kind of relative pricing psychology is age old business practice.
Oh well. At least I can get a second round of peanuts?? Pretty please???
Any volunteers for the next flight?
Overbooked flights are some what industry standard practice. Beating up and dragging elderly men off for refusing to take the next flight however, hopefully not.
I haven't had the "pleasure" of being physically abused and maimed for drawing the unlucky straw, but I have been asked to leave the plane after checking in, boarding, sitting down, seat belts buckled and ready to fly.
Apparently economy flight tickets are not fungible, because someone else with exactly the same ticket has priority over me despite not even being on the damn plane!
For the inconvenience bestowed upon me, surely some form of compensation would be just? Well, that would be too inconvenient for the airline and their razor thin margins.
Airline status quo
People are cheapskates and will continue booking with us, even if we treat them like livestock - we'll just say they're being disruptive and belligerent then proceed to re-accommodate them if need be.
Normally, people expect to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before boarding to buffer against unforeseen circumstances. The problem is, budget airlines would prefer if you had to jump through as many hurdles on your way to your seat as possible.
Boarding Pass 👍
It's 6am, and boarding time is 8am. Things are looking good.. now, to wait for the gate announcement.
07:45 - Gate D45! ( Average walking time to D45 : 15 MINUTES ! )
07:50 - Gate closing in 5 minutes!
07:55 - Gate closed
07:55:01 - Sorry, the gates are now closed, we cannot let you board the plane.
Meanwhile, to rub salt in the wound, I can see all the passengers still chilling in the waiting area. It's a scam I tell you! How did all the passengers get there before me!?
Sound familiar? It's not a coincidence that the gate number was announced late, or the fact that it's physically impossible to get there unless you're a professional athlete. I guess under-funded sports teams fly budget these days.
Is it really worth the mental anguish, physical abuse and blatant manipulation of passengers for the sake of saving (if at all) a bit of money? Apparently so. Remarkably, passengers who repeatedly feel disappointed from flying with Budget Airlines, continue to gamble and subject themselves to below par service to save a couple of bucks. Ironically, the whole point of going on vacation is to take away stress, not add to it!
Do you fly Budget?
正常情况，乘客会提前至少2小时到机场，为了避免突发情况。但是这个廉价航空从来不介意给你带来很多麻烦，你想顺利赶上飞机，就要越过重重阻碍，像奥运会场上的跨栏一样。Check-in 👍 Boarding Pass 👍现在是早上6点，还有2个小时到要登机的时候，看起来一切都很顺利，现在就是等着大屏幕出登机口的号码。7：45宣布登机口，7：50被告知登机口还有5分钟就要关了，7：55登机口关了，7点55又1秒，我到了，可是他们不让我进，说登机口已经关了。可是我从大厅走到登机口，至少要15分钟，所以完全不可能赶到。航空公司肯定以为我也是奥林匹克的运动员，我们要跑步像世界冠军一样，才能准时到达登机口。
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