AeroBiz 2006 Monday June 19, 2006

There used to be a game for the Sega Genesis called AeroBiz. (And it’s sequel Supersonic Aerobiz) It was more of a board game than a video game, but the premise was to take a little start-up airline and transform it into a global monoply in 40 turns. For such a lame concept it was stupidly addictive and just went to prove my inane theory that Japanese people are twisted. It just had this weird feel that the game had another purpose, like some sort of meticulous Japanese kindergarten admission test, where families were forever shamed if their child couldn’t build a global airline empire in under 15 turns.

aerobiz - supreme nerdiness

Where am I going with this? Absolutely no where. I just wanted to expose another element of my nerdality before complaining about the airline industry.

The airline industry in North America and for that matter Europe, is driving me insane. It’s not the fare prices I objecting to (although 2 pence for a flight between London and Cork is just wrong) it is the daily fare fluctuation that’s cutting under my skin. Between West Jet’s random seat sale days, Air Canada’s ever changing prices and the ultra cheap arriers like EasyCrash and Ryan Air, purchasing a ticket has more in common with trying to invest in the stock market than purchasing a bus ticket. It’s stupid! I even stumbled across a beta website call Farecast.com, which treats airline tickets like a commodity on the NASDQ. Its sole purpose is to study and analysis ticket price trends to advise you what day is the best to purchase a decent fare.

I don’t know about you, but there is something a little wrong with this situation?

I understand that the Airline industry is a market and it is just responding to supply and consumer demand, but it is a little frustrating when you are trying to plan a trip or summer vacation. As a consumer the day you purchase your ticket ends up dictating your holiday plans. For example the roommate and I have been trying to pick-up a couple of flights to Comox for a weekend fishing trip. This weekend we had to kybosh the trip, because of the fluctuation in ticket prices. When we started budgeting the trip the initial ticket prices was averaging around $160 each way (changing on a daily basis between $130 and $189). Now it has ballooned up to $312. We would have picked up a ticket at the $160 dollar price, but we ended up waiting longer on rumblings of a WestJet sale. So we missed out on a decent price and ended up watching the seat price escalate all the way up to the $312 range, solely on seat speculation. For Fuck’s sake!

It’s frustrating because I’m in the midst of planning a few trips to Barcelona, Vancouver, Austin and New York. Unfortuantly I can’t begin booking time off or making reservation until I do some indepth research on the fuel markets or consumer trends. I almost want to phone up an investment broker and ask him if he can implement some sort of stop-loss order on a round-trip ticket to Vancouver.

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