Shoot me now, please. What exactly does it take to be hailed as a “travel expert?”
Here’s some advice from “travel expert” Steve Danishek along with commentary from the writer hanks to this brilliant Seattle King 5 article:
Even though airfares are the lowest they’ve been in years, people just aren’t flying.
The approximately ten times I’ve been bumped from flights over the past two months would beg to differ.
“Where the airlines would have normally seen second quarter profits and should have because they’ve done everything right, it’s just that the money is not coming in in the fares. The fare levels are depressed by almost 18 percent,” said travel expert Steve Danishek.
I’m a bit confused, Steve. Airlines “normally” make money and have “done everything right?” Nah, those aren’t blanket statements.
To protect yourself, Danishek says the first thing you should do is use your frequent flier miles as soon as you can.
Thanks for the advice, pal.
“If they go bankrupt and they liquidate the carrier, the miles will be worthless,” said Danishek.
What an astute observation! Have you considered the other options if they filed for bankruptcy, like mergers, takeovers, or the potential for a government run airline?
Secondly, buy travel insurance before the airline files for Chapter 11.
This is the part where I’d usually start cussing, but I won’t. 😉
The sad part about all this? Most people reading the article are probably taking it at face value and burning 50,000 miles for a ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles with a $75 close-in fee which could be had for $100.