We Will Fly Again!

Have you read the recent news impacting the airline companies? The United States federal government said that airline companies MUST give people a cash refund when wanting to cancel their flights because of the coronavirus. Talk about a huge blow to almost every airline company!

Up until this weekend, airline companies have been giving vouchers to their customers who need to cancel their flights with the expiration of dates sometime this year. Some airlines have only extended future travel dates to Septemeber or October while others have extended it until the very last day of this year, December 31st. (Delta Airlines is offering the longest extended period for future dates up until May 31st, 2022.) Guessing from the news articles sent to me and the ones I have read, many people were upset to the point of being outraged with this decision the airline companies made in light of the coronavirus.

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Like many others, I had to make the decision to either cancel or change my dates of travel since I am supposed to be in Las Vegas as I type this. I want to cover my own personal thoughts on this topic since I love flying and continuing to watch airline prices because we will travel again. I want to cover what advice I would give to one of my clients or friends if they found themselves in this situation.

The first question to ask yourself is why are the airline companies so willing to let someone cancel and receive a voucher in return? The answer is quite simple...so they don't go bankrupt! Think about it, no one is flying right now and many people want to keep their travel plans for a future date, but without knowing how this coronavirus is going to pan out, they are unsure of future travel dates.

I completely understand if someone wants to receive their cashback during this time, however, do hope people are fully thinking this through before panicking to cancel. Many Americans are now without a job in which we see the unemployment rate increase on a weekly basis. So for some people, the cash refund is the best possible option right now. For others, they cancel out of pure panic.

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When it came to my Las Vegas tickets, I decided to cancel my flights and received a voucher which at that time, Frontier Airlines was giving incentives away for people to cancel their flights. Y'all, the moment I saw that email about getting an extra $50 voucher for canceling my flights and it was per person... I was quick to cancel those flights! (Now, I understand how some people feel this is a way to "buy the passenger off", however, I clearly do not see it that way. Smart business move in my opinion.) I wanted the vouchers, so when we can travel again, I am beyond ready and prepared.

I do want to travel this very moment and do believe we will be traveling soon! However, if everyone cancels their flights and gets their cashback, then what happens to the airline companies? Most of them are still paying their employees, but have cut hours or completely taken people off full-time schedules. So when I think of the airline company, I must look at everyone involved from walking up to the front counter to the pilot to the customer service representative answering calls in a call center.

We need our airline companies and I for one do not want to see any of the companies go bankrupt. (I am not naive to the fact that some companies will be forced to go this route because of how much this has affected the travel industry.) This is the time to rise up as an individual and re-look at how we continue with our lives. In my family, we were almost forced to stop eating out once the coronavirus hit North Carolina in May and restaurants only allow takeout now to help prevent the spread of the virus. So, instead of eating out, we have decided to get take out or delivery from a small business to help support them during this time. A small change to hopefully help businesses from going bankrupt.

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This is how I feel about the airline companies, I want to help in any way I can to keep them around to help ship medical supplies around right now and be able to bounce back from this setback. A company is made of individuals with families to care for and they are the ones who make a company. So I am a firm believer in that we should think about getting vouchers first and only ask for a cash refund if the cash is truly needed or no plans of traveling in the near future.

And there you have it, my own personal opinion about airline companies giving vouchers out instead of a cash refund. We all have our opinions on the matter and would love to hear your thoughts about this! Head over to The Travel Deal Facebook page and leave a comment with your thoughts.