The Monday Rant: Airline Pricing Reconsidered
First of all: full disclosure. Today's rant is not technically my own, but that of a ranter in last week's online chat, although it's one I am enthusiastically re-ranting today for those of you who might have missed it. In fact, things got a bit heated during last week's discussion about the airlines and the advertisements they use to lure us into their lairs, so much so that I thought it might be prudent to open things up for wider venting.
It's something that all of us have probably experienced. You pick up a magazine or see something flickering on the edge of your monitor while reading a news story online. There it is: a flight on, say, Air France from Washington to Paris for $361. Okay, no one has to tell you that the price quoted is one-way based on roundtrip purchase, or that that fare is only available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But you adjust your trip accordingly and double the figure. It's now $722. That's getting up there but, hey, it's Paris, and that's not a bad deal. But wait, let's add the taxes and Sept. 11 fee: $114.31.
Grand total: $836.31.
And so what once seemed like a bargain ... Hold on. That's not a bad price at all. Here I am all ready to bash the airlines for misrepresenting their fares, and now I can't think of anything else but booking a trip to Paris on the first Monday in October. Cancel that rant!
Then again, I can well understand the complaints of those who wish the airlines wouldn't try to distance themselves from their taxes and fees, preferring instead to offer deals of $399 to Timbuktu and hoping we'll book flights without noticing those hefty surcharges and restrictions. After all, imagine if you went to buy a 22-inch flat screen TV at Best Buy for $399 and discovered that instead of the approximately $20 extra in tax you would be paying more than $800 bucks total for that flat screen bliss?
On the other hand, at the end of the day you'd only have a 22-inch flat screen from TV from Best Buy and not a trip to Paris, so... Okay, let's stop this nonsense right now. Is anyone really bothered by airline pricing, or should we all just drop the subject and head to the Best Buy counter? Or was it the Air France counter?
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