With Economic Hardtimes Ahead, Is Travel Quality Being Compromised To Save Money

United States
October 10, 2008 10:30pm CST
How many of you travel for a living? Or even as part of your living? I do, and I have done a good amount of flying this past year. In that time, I have noticed a number of little changes that have not made me happy when it comes to travel. One of the first things I've noticed is that airlines are now charging money to check bags onto an airplane. Another is that there is nothing served on the airplane when it comes to meals...on longer flights they at least gave you a meal (I won't go so far as to call it a good meal, but you get the drift...) and that's been replaced with peanuts and a beverage, or nothing at all. The last thing I've noticed is the size of the flight crews that travel on the planes. It used to be that there were four or five stewards/stewardesses to an airplane, now there are two. I realize that the airlines need to make money, but are these cuts measures that are worth taking? The food, and even the cut in staff on the plane is acceptable, but charging extra on top of the ticket fee for luggage? Isn't that a little bit ridiculous? I mean, come on, if you want to charge extra, build it into the price of the ticket...because most of us who fly ARE checking luggage. Maybe you should make it an option at the time of ticket purchase to give a discount if you AREN'T checking luggage instead of making it feel like a penalty. How many of you have stories like these, or worse, about your recent experiences with the airlines? Does quality seem to be suffering?
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@maximax8 (30107)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 08
In my home country a number of airlines have stopped flying and ceased business. Those that are still flying have had to introduce one way of getting extra money to pay for the high fuel costs. Some long haul airlines give each passenger a fuel surcharge. The last airline I flew on was a budget one operating within Europe. No baggage to go in the hold means no extra charge and up to three pieces of baggage to go in the hold is pricey. The limit is 15 kg so that is mean. I flew to Latvia and had trouble packing one backpack up to 15kg for myself and my toddler son. I had to pay extra to get the airline to carry his 5kg travel cot, how annoying. The airline charged for drinks and snacks on board the plane. Perhaps the worse thing about flying these days is security issues like the restrictions placed in carrying liquid in hand luggage. Yes, excellent quality isn't around anymore on many airlines.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
11 Oct 08
Economic Hardships does mean cost cutting and when it comes to cost cutting, the first things out is entertainment. So I guess travel is going to go out of the window first. I am seeing here in India, the travel has reduced by as much as 10-15%. Yesterday, I was seeing a news article which said that in Britain that seems to be the first thing people are cutting in the Economic hardtimes. Cheers! Ram