Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
News all over Australia of Jetstar's announcement of it's first international service to Bali. Demand was so high - promotional fares from AU$169 - that it brought the Jetstar site crashing down.
Will be interesting to see how customers react to having to pay extra for food, blankets, movies etc.
"In-flight entertainment kits - including portable video on demand and headsets - will cost another $10, while so-called "Comfort me" packs -with a blanket, pillow and amenity kit - will be charged at $7 each."
Some of these flights are 7 plus hours long. What will Jetstar do if people either do not pre-book food or bring their own. I can see these great scenes where customers try to get on with camp stoves and cup-a-noodles. "Madame - put down the cheese sandwich and step away from the porta-cooker..."
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Eyefortravel are quoting Travelport sources as describing the new logo as
"symbolis[ing] the three key elements of travel—earth, sea and sky, but also embod[ing] the continuous integration of the company’s core businesses—Orbitz, Galileo and GTA; moving together in a forward motion"
OR - its a mash of blue, green and greeny blue triangles that were hastily put together while trying to get Blackstone to take the conglomerate over as quickly as possible to save the spin-offs of Wyndham and Realogy.
Also - who signed off on the phrase "moving together in a forward motion". Yuk!
That all said, I think Travelport is a good name for the group. It and Trip.com were two great brands at the former Cendant TDS that lost application as their sites/business units were replaced with larger/better acquisitions (ie Orbitz).
I also think that ironically green is the right colour - Blackstone knows money and started the first phase of a predicted breakup through the issuing of bonds to help clean up the balance sheet and finance the leveraged buy-out of the group.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
"Offer [is] available until 21 July"
This gives the customer just shy of 31 hours to book at this price (assuming it is good until midnight on the 21st). We all know that fares like this are looked at by people on Thursday and Friday of a week, discussed with the other half on the weekend then booked on the Monday. This makes this fare all but unavailable to every normal shopper.
It could be that this is just a screw up by Zuji marketing. However, the darker reading is that this could be an "bait and switch" - using a low fare to entice customers and then sticking them with a higher fare. Am tempted to not give Zuji the benefit of the doubt here. Bait and switching is not only illegal in Australia it is also stupid behaviour. It pisses off customers, wastes your marketing efforts and is just plain annoying for everyone. Here's hoping (if your Zuji) that it is just another screw-up.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
UPDATE - took 39 hours door-to-door to get home
UPDATE - took 39 hours door-to-door to get home
Saturday, July 15, 2006
"I think I got a good deal relative to what I could have gotten anywhere else"
What happened to CEOs screaming the benefits of their products from the rafters? I can see the new Travelocity marketing campaign now - cut to a gnome sitting on a milk crate saying "Sure we're not perfect, but heck, who is"
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Here is what Forbes has to say about it.
Am on a trip to the US for work and like most am compelled to fly Qantas because United offer no alternative, especially as the planes are 50 years old but younger than any member of staff. I feel like I should be standing up and offering them a seat.
I hate the United/Qantas duopoly flying to the
"The economic modelling work [on the Pacific Route] that we have done suggests that the benefits of an airline such as Singapore entering that route would be very, very small to the Australian tourism industry,"
Must be the first time in history that a conservative government economic model showed that more competition would have no positive impact. Presumably Truss clutches his chairman’s club membership and hopes no one notices the inconsistency.
Without competition Qantas take me for granted. For example they announced with much fan-fair and mutual back-slapping that the new Qantas in-flight entertainment would be launched. This would be a revolution – they proclaimed – as Qantas would be offering video and audio on demand. Let put aside that Cathay,
If Singapore flew the Pacific route it would bring prices down, service up and maybe convince Qantas to install an entertainment system that works, employ staff that smile, serve meals within 3 hours of take off and stock magazines put out after the Labor government lost power. And the punch-line – I get of this flight and have to connect on an American Airlines flight.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Webjet and hotels online - Now I agree that it is a new site as they forgot to get the dotcom address
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Travelmole and eyefortravel have more.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Their top 5 is
My preferred are:
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Cathay Pacific
5. Air France
This list always starts more debates than it finishes - except the universal truth that there should never be an American airline anywhere near the top.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
UPDATE 1 - Travelmole comment
UPDATE 2 - Redherring
UPDATE 3 - e-tid with a collection of comments from newsites and papers (registration required but free)