Surely worse than having a employment situation where airline workers go on strike. Or the occasional delays one encounter because of weather, operational problems (with the aircraft) or airport congestion. Because what would one do if you were in a foreign land having flown out, only to find out that the carrier you’ve paid to bring you home has gone belly up?
2017 saw a number of such bankruptcies that caused quite a lot of anguish to both employees (of the airlines) and customers (aka the passenger). Would you buy the airline’s assets (here) as it disposes of them in bankruptcy?
In the past two decades, there had been a proliferation of airlines both full service but mostly budget oriented across the world. The business model premise on efficient use of aircraft assets (ie turnaround) and minimal frills (except when you pay for it). Competition have been intense (still is) and for years consumers appear to have been beneficiaries, ‘proletarizing’ travel making it accessible to almost anyone. Sustainability appears to be something that is now creeping up against these business entities…
While failing airlines are not unusual, today’s post harks to what we as travelers need to be aware of. It pays to look carefully at which carrier you are booking with with a few considerations such as :
- Insurance of the travel kind. Does it cover airline insolvency? How can you claim them and to what limits?
- Track record of the carrier. Punctuality, reliability/safety etc… has it been in financial trouble before? Would you even do this?
- Alternate travel arrangements, ie a mitigation plan. Yeah this might be a little over the top but if you travel cheap… might want to think about it.
Because while size may not seem to matter, it does when the unexpected occurs. Large airlines go bust too. Digressing: this applies in the event natural disasters occur too, leading you to be potentially stranded.
Have you experienced booking on an airline that went bankrupt?
Wow. The things that they keep coming up with. You know animals have rights too (to some folks and not all). You cannot simply keep your pets in shabby conditions (absolutely agree). Afterall, it is part of your responsibility when you have a pet. But what about pampering your pet?
Now if you want to give your little kitty a view as you lug it around, perhaps buy one of these bags (here). Can you imagine buying this bag for your cat? It ain’t cheap btw and we spoke with one owner as we waited for the taxi one day.
But today we are not focused on getting the bag. Or the cat.
Well, ok sort of related. We are talking about folks bringing their pets with them on a journey. Did you know that as many as 56% of US pet owners have driven their dogs around at least once a month? Sure the regular visit to the vet is important, but quite some bring their pets with them on a road trip. Does the image of a dog sticking its head out of the window tongue drooling pop in your head?
How about air travel? Now that’s less frequent (phew) but still at 6% is quite high. Imagine this percentage of the 78+ million dogs in the US getting on a plane every year. Did the math in your head? Remember our piece on emotional support animals? Some of them actually have jobs too you will know. Which do you think is easier to bring along? The cat? Or the dog?
Do you have a pet? Have your brought it with you on a road trip or onto a plane?
Once again it’s time to recap what’s going on with trends in travel. From this article, what caught our eye was Uber private jetting (wonder how recent developments with them will be though). Yep, you read that right. This sharing economy is really taking off (no pun intended).
But the icing on the cake really was the section of the post that suggests there are folks who would gun for taking round the world (well not all the way round) air cruises. Huh? You might recall that we wrote (here) about the nostalgic days of air travel in the 1950s and 1960s. Back in the day a journey from say Australia to the UK could take several days, even by flight. And what journey did the passengers have? Why they had stopovers where they’d be checked into hotels before making the onward
Seems like this form of travel is making a come back!
So who says one cannot do a cruise with planes? It will not be the plane being in the air for the entire duration of a week, but surely as cruise ships dock at ports the planes can do the same (not the seaport lah)? And it has always been our prediction that some day, airships will come back in vogue not as transportation but as pleasure crafts. It’s a matter of time.
We predict that within the next 10 years, air cruising will become affordable to the masses as sea cruises are. When that becomes a reality, will you be one of the first to jump in the air?
Do you know the origins of this celebrated day of love? Was it really in dedication to the martyr of a Saint with this name? Or was it a disguised form of fertility worship to Faunus? In the last two years we wrote about this special day (for us anyway) celebrated while we were in Tokyo.
Well this year’s different.
We’ve changed the city to have the celebration. Because once again this year this day happen to also fall close to the lunar new year, it had to be ‘deferred’ a little till we get to that city.
Now it does not mean that today is only dedicated to love between a couple. It can also be dedicated to all of your loved ones especially family. To whom you send a message reminding them that you are thinking of them. And that they have a special place in your heart. Sure. It does not only have to be this day where this is professed. Have you walked the talk?
Yes it may be hijacked by commercial interests these days. But it does not matter if this celebration was truly in commemoration of the saints, or the continuation of a pagan fertility ritual, one more thing that could be worth pondering. We also exchange greeting cards with each other. With the cute stickers and romatic prose, we “mail” them to each other and display them on our glass cabinet. Not all treasure needs to glitter you will know… and yes it does clutter the cabinet for a couple of week… so?
Do you still send cards? Or have you moved to the digital realm for this too?