No apology necessary. While we don’t always agree I can appreciate a well written and thought out point of view. Well done.Pete_Coach wrote: ↑ Look, as I have said, and have said from the beginning of this crisis, the airlines initially were legislated into doing what they had to or could do. Not just Canadian airlines but all airlines. Airlines (and many big businesses) operate on small cash flow and they ran out of cash early on and in order to give clients something, they offered vouchers and credits. They had no money to give so they gave what they could. As this dragged on, it got even worse for their financial position. Those are facts and the situations. I may or may not agree with it but I am realistic and logical enough to understand this. So many were not and let emotion and falsehoods and group dynamics overtake the reality of things.
The situation that exists now, with A/C and WS is not of the past issues, it is diminished passenger capacity and underused routes and schedules. The routes and schedules have to been announced yet but people are jumping up and down about scams and getting screwed. So hence, they make changes. Schedule change all the time for a variety of reasons but now it seems it is a scam. No one has yet said their flights are cancelled or altered or changed yet this thread has turned it into some sort of airline screwing everyone issue. They have already said they will change the passenger sot a different flight. No one is getting screwed, inconvenienced maybe but,...
Yes, the legal recourse will take time and will most likely cost more to adjudicate than the cost of the ticket, that is a given. That is why I have suggested the non expiring vouchers be take so that when this is all over, at least you can go n a vacation again.
As for the story, it starts off with a Transat issue, not even A/C or WS. Thing with Transat is that they were under the possibility of a buy out prior to COVID and who knows now. They have no money to operate in their own so what is happening wit them? Booking with them, during COVID , is not a smart thing to do. If any airline is screwing anyone, it would be Transat by accepting booking for the Fall and Winter southern vacations.
I am not supporting, I am only trying to reason and inject reality into what is clearly an emotional issue. Of course it would be great if everyone got all their money back, I have said that in other threads but the reality is no money, can't do it. No matter how much hate, they cannot give what the don't have.
As a seasoned traveler with many decades of business travel and as many vacations, I am very supportive of the travel industry, be it airlines, hotels, agencies, tour operators, cruise lines, railways and all the ancillary businesses that depend on the travel sector. I actually supported the auto industry when they went into crisis and got big bail outs so they could operate and produce. I would support airline bail out as well, so they could keep operating and refund passengers.
Sorry about the length. I am not arguing, just trying to be undramatic.
I have a flight on AT leaving Boxing Day. Booked it before any of this started. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re operating then.