There’s a new travel site in town that I’m pretty excited about. One that I think has been a long-time needed. It’s called Routehappy, and it doesn’t just find you the lowest priced airline ticket – it finds you the best value flight.
Each flight is given a “happiness score” that reflects things like legroom and availability of WiFi and ports to charge your gear. I’ve long thought that a way for customers to be informed on value – instead of just price – is the way to get airlines to compete on more than just stripping things away. But creating something like that myself was too herculean a task. Finally, someone’s done it! (Assuming it works well, of course.) On the other hand, it’s also one way to test out the statements of those who claim they’re willing to pay a little more for better treatment. What do you think? Is this an flight-buying method for you?
Was it only two weeks ago that I was here chewing my nails saying, “Oh blurg, I have to go to Requals”? Well thanks to Saturday’s crash of Asiana’s flight 214, guess who’s more in the mood for a skills test than usual?
Requal might make me nervous, but I know that it’s this constant retraining that helps achieve the impressive number of lives saved. I feel frustrated for the fantastic Asiana crew when so many dismiss their actions with blithe statements like, “A plane crashes, chutes deploy and people walk off, essentially.” Read more…
Click here for the rest of the set. You’ll find images from Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), the Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.
A recent video by YouTube comedy team Broken People has gone viral – and I can see why. Personally, I think they just might have put a finger on a condition suffered by many a perfectly nice fight attendant. That condition? Bitchy Resting Face (BRF):
*Note: salty language, so if you don’t like that sort of thing…
*Another note: I’m kind of serious. As I’ve said before, I think many flight attendants don’t realize how intimidating one suddenly becomes when standing over someone. To seem friendly, a little over-compensation is required. I’ve had perfectly nice flight attendant friends come off as oddly gruff when just asking people to put their seat backs up. Hence, our BRF.
The first installment of my SouthEast Asia trip photos is here. Click the photo to see more images from Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.
Would you think that most flight attendants want to work First Class? That’s a common assumption, but you’d be surprised how untrue it is.
You also might think the “best” flight attendants would be placed in First Class by the airlines. This is true at some foreign carriers (where working the Premium Cabins is a “promotion” that comes with higher pay), but at American carriers all cabins pay the same amount. We base our preferences on the work environment. As always, these are awarded on seniority. So, in which cabin do those preferences most often lead us? …Read more
When you’re driving down an Irish lane and an anonymous castle jumps unannounced from around the bend, it is an intimate moment with the country – especially when you realize it’s not a frilly castle sitting there waiting for ticket sales. It doesn’t have opening hours or a gift shop and roped-off nooks you are forbidden to see. This one is all yours. (read more)