Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > General Cruise Chat Questions > General Cruise Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2008, 05:07 AM
Spiritfilled's Avatar  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,149
Default
The airlines are just RIDICULOUS I mean come on PLEASE is this all really a need or am I just being critical.
__________________

Read and post cruise reviews
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2008, 08:00 AM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,113
Default
The airlines have discovered a revenue source. Instead of trying to price the flights a level they need to to be profitable, they are using the fuel costs as an excuse to start charging all these extra fees. (Not the the oversize baggage fee did not exist before, but not for the charges I see now)

Instead of charging everyone $100 more for a flight, they are hiding increase in fees. Until they realize that these hidden fees are driving away passengers to South West Airlines or away from air travel altogether, they will keep do it. Eventually people are going to be unwilling to fly if it is going to cost them $200 more in add on charges.
__________________
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2008, 09:46 AM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,777
Default
The flight attendants have become sales associates too. They push affinity credit cards for the particular airline, headphones, food, drinks, movies, and I guess blankets and pillows cost extra on some airlines too. To make it easier they seem to be moving to a cashless society in the air. Hand over your credit card and for maybe $25 you can get a pillow, a soda, a sandwich, a movie, and headphones to listen to the movie. And while you are relaxing, why not complete this application for the Delta Skymiles AMEX Card? We'll give you 25,000 bonus miles if you apply while airborne!
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2008, 11:07 AM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,113
Default
I'm sure the flight attendants love becoming shills for the airline too. Safety trained personal who had it bad enough having to play waitress now have to be tele-marketers too.
__________________
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2008, 11:16 AM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,777
Default
I'm convinced this "dumbing down" of the flight attendant job has impacted their being respected as an authority figure by some passengers. That is a dangerous thing.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 09-19-2008, 03:22 AM
Spiritfilled's Avatar  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,149
Default
You said it Dave respect would become questioned. I wouldn't want then to try and push credit cards on me while bring me my peanuts.....wait do they still give peanuts?
__________________

Read and post cruise reviews
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 09-19-2008, 04:03 AM
LisaP's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 5,546
Default
They would earn back a lot of my respect if they enforced some of the luggage policies they share with us. For instance, we're always told to put our smaller items under the seat in front of us... but few ever do. There was, maybe, one time that I saw the flight attendants start removing backpacks from the overhead bins so that rollaboards could fit inside. This is only going to get worse with the new checked bag fees.

My next flight is in three weeks... a three-night business trip. I manage to get everything into a 19-inch rollaboard, and I also have a laptop case that is about the size of the laptop itself. This is well within the limits, and I hope I won't have to pay to have my bag checked if there is no room in the overheads.
__________________
Happy cruising!
LisaP
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 09-19-2008, 08:12 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Posts: 11,612
Default
If and when I ever have to fly for a cruise again, I'm going to have to do some creative packing. I wonder if you are still allowed to bring your own headphones?

Dwayne
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 09-19-2008, 08:57 PM
gdjoslin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Near Yosemite, California
Posts: 1,937
Default
When we flew to Virginia to visit the kids, we flew Southwest. No charge for second bag. we had no problems and it was the cheapest fare we could find.
__________________
Gary
Cruise Photos from Mexico and Alaska
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug.com/Cruises

  #20 (permalink)  
Old 09-20-2008, 06:58 AM
LisaP's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 5,546
Default
And, in this strange world of airlines, fellow Star Alliance member Air Canada just announced it will eliminate its fee for a second bag. See notice on its Web site.
__________________
Happy cruising!
LisaP
 
Closed Thread

Tags
bag, baggage, card, charge, checked, credit, cruise, cruising, fee, fees, luggage, pay, pm, reviews, united

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
checked baggage fees increasing macmom111 General Cruise Chat 1 01-12-2010 09:23 AM
suit bag = carry-on bag ChadS General Cruise Chat 8 12-23-2009 11:17 AM
American Air now charging $15 for FIRST checked bag. RichC General Cruise Chat 41 06-10-2008 11:23 AM
Checked baggage and alcohol thebaron Carnival Cruise Line 5 05-07-2008 08:19 PM
United Airlines Announces Baggage Fee Dave General Cruise Chat 12 02-05-2008 07:49 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:50 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2