Feeling Blue about Flyi
Anyone who ever flew on Flyi has got to be feeling down about the airline's demise. It's not just the low fares that made it attractive--but also the customer-service attitude--one that showed the airline cared and had a sense of humor to boot.
And anyone who still has tickets on Flyi has got to be feeling even bluer than the airline's bold blue colors. Because it's unclear whether they will get their fares refunded. Oh, yes, under federal law, other airlines are required to honor tickets from a bankrupt airline--but passengers must fly standby and pay a $50 fee each way. For details, check out today's Washington Post for advice to Flyi ticketholders. Passengers who don't have Flyi tickets will probably see an impact as well: higher fares from the remaining airlines. Flyi's experience shows you can't survive if you price tickets below cost!
Not blue enough yet? Then, consider this prediction from airline expert Terry Trippler:
In an e-mail of prognostications sent last week, Trippler made a rather scary forecast for future airline travel: Just as we now pay extra for services that were once free (gift-wrapped purchases, furniture delivery, gas pumped by an attendant), we will soon be paying added fees for what we now consider part of the standard air fare. To get an advanced seat assignment, much less a desirable one on an emergency row or bulkhead, or even an aisle seat passengers may soon be charged extra. Ditto for pillows or checked baggage. In other words, paying for food--which many airlines now make you do--is just the beginning of a new trend. "In 2006, it's coming folks, it's coming!" Tripper wrote.
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