Wow! Several travelers are stranded, and their flights are cancelled. It’s not because of weather or mechanical failures, it’s because the airline went under. The abrupt closure of the airline and the travel complications are today’s #CurrentEventFriday.
The budget airline company Wow Air out of Iceland announced yesterday they were shuttering operations leaving travelers scrambling to find new flights. Many smaller airlines like Wow Air have advertised that they offer less expensive fares than major airlines like Delta & American Airlines. Budget-savvy travelers hopped at the chance to travel on the cheap.
Airlines going under is nothing new but leaving the travelers in their airports and not honoring their flights before ceasing operations leaves and even more sour taste in everyone’s mouth. A handful of the hard-luck travelers took to social media blasting the now defunct airline and their lack of sensitivity towards their needs.
I understand the desire to find an affordable fare when flying but realize this could be a concern. Flying established airlines guarantees quality and safety when traveling. The advice I have found when looking for air travel deals is using travel aggregations sites like Orbitz and Travelocity to spot deals. Using incognito mode or private mode on your internet browser also helps to prevent cookies from being stored. Airline companies track how often you visit their site and using the private browsing prevent this. Disguising the number of visits allows the fare to remain fixed.
Luckily, several airlines will offer rescue fares and allow travelers to make their flights to their destinations. These competitors will often deeply discount their fares and nearly match the fares of the airline now out of business.
I have had luck traveling with Allegiant Air that offers affordable travel by air to sunnier destinations. As they seek to corner more of the market, they offer flights for less than $100/person and add more departing cities. Hopefully these expansion efforts will not lead to bankruptcy but better quality from the company.
Would you ever fly on a cheap airline or do you fly the major airlines?