Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Airfare discount? Not so much....

You know those emails you get from internet travel and airline websites that flood your email inbox, and your brain, with spectacular offers promising dirt cheap flights?

Yeah, they're all a bunch of crap. And no, I'm not really surprised.

I get that they want you to get alllll excited and click on the link and frantically search for your city to see what kind of crazy deal you can get only to find yourself completely disappointed in the end. Well, maybe that last part isn't really their intent, but it happens to me EVERY TIME.

My Mom and I have been doing some research on one-way flights from Salt Lake to Washington DC so she can bring the kids home next month. She sent me a link to an airline site promising "One-Way Fare Sales! Starting at $69! Book Now & Save!". So here we go.

I am fully aware that most of these internet generated emails are complete nonsense, but just once...just once I want to be able to take advantage of one of these "sales".

After digging around in the fine print, I noticed a teeny statement in the rules and regulations....."Offer not available to/from.....Washington D.C. (Dulles); Washington D.C. (Reagan National)..."

WHY?? Why aren't we invited??? Such crap.

Where do I have to live? Apparently I can get crazy and book one of those $69 flights to Baltimore, which would be doable...but I have to be coming from Albany. Not really doable. So irritating.

For now we are stuck with airfare that STARTS at $221 per ticket, each way. I know I live close to the Pres and all, but we don't get invited to the same parties. I know you're shocked.

Dear airline peeps,
I sincerely appreciate the on-going effort to offer discounted airfare to the people of Albany and still make some money so you don't have to file for bankruptcy, but please consider those of us in the Washington DC area, which you have so cruelly excluded like a high school bully would exclude that skinny kid who still has to grow into his ears. We are discount-loving people too, big ears or not.

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