Thought for the day…”It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”
“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.”
More evidence of how bad things are getting for Economy Class passengers. SWISS airlines have now announced that on routes to/from Geneva GVA, that passengers on the cheapest economy tickets will now only get free water. Gone are the (included) meals and tea/coffee for those travelling on the cheapest fares. So given that SWISS airlines are using aircraft such as the Airbus A320, the same as some budget/Low cost carriers (LCC) are using then what is the point of paying extra money to fly with SWISS airlines?? Seats and interiors are very similar, and both are going for a buy-on-board system, flight times are very similar, and increasingly, departure and arrival airports are the same. So the legacy carriers believe that people will continue to pay higher prices for the same service as on a budget airline? Not me for one. Airline managers may have looked to the USA and have been inspired by what airlines there have been able to get away with, but I am drawing the line now. With SWISS airlines announcing these cuts to basic economy tickets (not to mention the devaluing of the frequent flyer points system), I may end up flying a budget airline such as Wizzair in future. No point to pay more money for the same service. At least the budget airlines do not try and pretend that they are full service airlines. Swiss airlines have gone too far with the latest cuts.
A black & white for for the picture today, one from Iceland taken in 2005.
and another photo from the archives…early morning on the lakefront in Pembroke, South Island, New Zealand.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….” Better to be a star rather than a spark. Sparks are for the moment, stars are for the future”.
“Talent is the key to success, but you have to find the door”.
Update on the story about the refund from Air France. I cancelled an air ticket with AF, and understood that the actual ticket was not refundable, as the conditions stated, but asked Air France to refund the taxes. Things like departure taxes had not been incurred, as I had not travelled, so I expected a refund of these. After many many emails to Air France, and to some very unhelpful customer ‘service’ departments, then finally I got a refund, minus a 20 euro ‘administration fee’. Still very unhappy with Air France because I had to write so many emails to them, but at least I have got most of the taxes back. So the moral of this story is that even if the airline says no in the beginning, then keep on at them as they ARE supposed to refund the taxes.
A new photo made to look old for today’s picture. The shot comes from the museum at Ballarat in Australia, and started off as a colour photo, then was converted to black & white and finally was given the sepia touch to make it look old. It was just a matter of waiting for the tourists to disappear out of the scene then an easy job to capture this scene, which could be from the 1800s but is actually quite recent.
Thought for the day….” A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can see from the top of a mountain”.
” A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are for”.
I had forgotten just how good travel by train could be. I recently travelled down through Europe on long-distance night train, and it was very interesting to compare this trip with the return trip, which was by air. No early check in at an airport, no expensive airport ‘box’ hotel, and no long queues to endure. No silly security checks, and nobody on the train was worried that I was carrying toothpaste or liquids which at an airport would be taboo. No need to check in at all, just board the train and find the sleeping compartment. Pleasant evening on the way down through Europe, good snacks in the cafe, and coffee that was far better than airline coffee. And add to that a good nights sleep and it makes a very pleasant journey. Then next morning breakfast in the train cafe and voila, it was time to arrive (and on time too). Compare that to the hassle and frustration at airports and being squashed in economy class for the flight back. Flight back was late, on an old aircraft and delayed even further due to passengers travelling with far too many carry on bags. Perhaps one day the train will be THE way to travel again…….The recent trip was a very interesting comparison.
Today’s photo is from the central part of Switzerland, with a photo of Swiss cow bells on a woodland hotel. Very Swiss !
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Thought for the day….” Do not wait for the right moment, make the moment right”.
” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance”
Did you see the story in the USA (Hawaii) that a woman has won the right to have her full name on her driving license? Normally it is not a problem, but here family name is ” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele” which was too long for the government computer systems. They are now going to reprogram their road licensing computers so that she can have the full 36 letters of her name on her ID. Also from the USA is the story about the computer problems at United Airlines which resulted in free tickets being given away, when the prices came up as USD 0. The company temporarily shut down their online booking system when it discovered the errors. And there was a similar story with United Airlines back in 2012, when some travellers found that they could buy First Class return tickets from New York to Hong Kong for USD 43 and 4 air miles. Never seems to happen when I want to book a ticket. When I book a ticket now, there seems to be far too many EXTRA charges. Some carriers are even charging for carry-on baggage now. And Samoa Air became the first airline in the world to introduce ‘pay for your weight’, where the price of your air ticket depends on how much you weigh.
And for the photo today, another portrait shot, this time of a boy in rural Nicaragua. Good lighting and a natural pose make this a lovely photo. Again, it shows that you just have to have the camera ready to capture the right moment.
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Why is it that airlines now only give a miniature sized coffee cup, then only half fill it???