Saturday, March 14, 2009

Airline fees not reimbursed

You won’t believe the evil scheme that Ryanair is up to now.!
They are offering a cash bounty to the collaborator, turncoat passenger with the “best” idea for the next fee they want to start charging. Offering a €1,000 CASH PRIZE FOR “BEST” SUGGESTION for revenue ideas like, a seat belt fee charged every time you buckle your seat belt, when you get up to use one of their pay-to-pee wash-rooms, you get charged a second time, or an oxygen mask fee in the event of an emergency.
EXPENSE REPORTs are not fun with discretionary charges adding up.
It is difficult enough to get reimbursed by your employer for checked bags, upgrade, priority seating, seat reservation fees, aisle or window seat fee, in-flight snack or drink, pillows, blankets, standby fees, skycap fees… etc.! The Airlines don't give receipts.
Upgrade fees on airlines that charge cash fees for upgrades when using miles, such as American Air and United, are even less likely to be reimbursed. U.S. Airways has a $25 standby fee and Continental charges a hundred bucks to standby for an earlier flight. (This was free previously if it was the same day) Continental airlines Members who purchase fares other than Y can pay a service fee in addition to their miles in order to upgrade to BusinessFirs. One way service fees range between $100 in B class up to $500 in other fares. I had an offer pop up on an international flight at the time of check in online. If you are on a restricted continental ticket, meaning your fare allows changes for a penalty, you will be able to make flight changes within this 24-hour window for $50, or $25 for OnePass Platinum and Gold Elite members. This discounted change fee will apply to all itineraries wholly operated by Continental.
With American Airlines, you can confirm a seat for the same day flight change when traveling in the U.S.for a $50 dollar fee.
As I mentioned previously, - Ryanair put me off discount airlines. (See my posting on - Ryanair “installing a coin slot on the toilet door”.
Ryanair is wacky enough to even suggest some fees on their own website:
· Charging for toilet paper – with CEO O’Leary’s face on it,
· Charging €2.50 to read the safety cards,
· Charging €1 to use oxygen masks,
· Charging €25 to use the emergency exit,
· Charging €50 for bikini clad Cabin Crew.

I have heard the expression that “Good or bad publicity is all good” but this is ludicrous !

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