Jessica Buczkowski saw a really good price online for a popular insulated Yeti cup that she wanted. She didn’t ask herself why the price was so much lower than everyone else’s. If she had, perhaps this story would not have been necessary. “Two months is too long to wait for my Yeti refund”
“I’m weary of those entitled passengers who are continuously whining and complaining,” says Lisa Thomas, a veteran flight attendant based in Denver. “I feel like telling them, ‘Take some responsibility for your choices.’ ”
Thomas’s comments, made to me after a recent column about the rise of fees in the travel industry, triggered a fascinating debate. Many travelers say that they think fees are out of control, particularly in the airline business. The top 10 airlines collected more than $28 billion in revenue from extra fees and services last year, up from about $2 billion a decade ago, according to a recent study by the consulting firm IdeaWorks.
At the same time, many in the industry say that they think people are getting exactly what they paid for: a quality product at a ridiculously low price. Industry employees like Thomas suggest that travelers have become spoiled. “Got a complaint about the travel industry? It’s got one about you, too”
October was another wild month for reader complaints, with the number of grievances jumping an impressive 27 percent from a year ago and coming just a few cases short of tying an all-time record.
“In another frenetic month for complaints, American Airlines extends its losing streak”
Their advocacy results in big, embarrassing airline fines. They’ve helped create federal agencies that make air travel safer. And they’ve brought competition and transparency to the skies. “You’ve never heard of these people, but they’ve changed the way you fly”
The number of consumer complaints received by this site surged last month, with a total of 293 queries, our fourth-busiest month of 2016.
“Complaints surge in December as 2016 wraps up on a high (or maybe low) note”