Thursday, April 03, 2008


I just got an email from AirTran advertising their "Foolishly low prices" if you purchase tickets by April 1.

Is that supposed to be funny?

I can almost rationalize it making sense in some sort of post-ironic reverse-polish-notation kind of way. To be honest, when I saw an email from AirTran, I kind of assumed that they were notifying me that they'd gone out of business or something.


Anonymous said...

AirTran is not ATA. Get it right. AirTran is quite successful and you should take advantage of their low fares.

tallasiandude said...

Sheesh, it's not like I said they DID go out of business. I guess I've ruffled some feathers of an AirTran booster...

As a matter of fact, I have a passing familiarity with AirTran.

The SOOTTAD now refuses to fly with them after one too many flight delays/cancellations.

They do have decent fares, but the last time I booked a flight with them, I was put off by the experience. At the time, I felt like I was getting nickel-and-dimed for every last thing. (I'm sorry, you want to charge me extra to get a seat assignment? Each way?) After it all, there was effectively no difference in price.

Navigating their flight status phone system was a nightmare.

And then there was the time I went to pick up the SOOTTAD at the airport and the flight was ridiculously late. When I came home to see when the official arrival time was supposed to be, I found that they had retroactively changed the scheduled arrival time so that it matched the actual arrival time. I was pissed enough to get a screengrab of it.

Maybe they've addressed all of these issues, but to be honest, I doubt it. I'll certainly take a look if the market continues to thin and I'm not left with any alternatives. But for now, I'll take JetBlue over AirTran any day. (And they're starting nonstops to Chicago in May.)