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Difficult to do business with

5 Aug

How long do companies survive when they are difficult to do business with? Even worse, how long will they survive when they were innovative and easy to do business with and then decide to be difficult?


My favorite airline is American Airlines. My dad flew for them for almost 25 years so I naturally prefer to fly them. They have decent airfares and they’ve been first with some big marketing programs, like frequent flyers. They even developed the 800lb gorilla of ticketing software, SABRE. Their website is pretty decent to pick flights from, especially if you’re trying to use those frequent flyer miles. I have over 1M miles on American and no more than 50K on any other airline.

So then why the decision to make it difficult for Kayak customers to purchase AA tickets? They sent me the email yesterday telling me that they’re ending their association with Kayak. But they don’t tell me why it’s good news for ME. Just some marketing blather as they try to spin this as good for me. Ridiculous. Especially when Kayak shows the AA and Orbitz fares side by side and the Orbitz fares are the more expenive one.

So, Kayak makes it really easy for me to find the flights I want and then shows me that the AA flights I want are cheaper on AA then elsewhere. But AA is concerned that I might choose Orbitz and a more expensive ticket for the same flight? So not only are they difficult to do business with but they think I’m stupid. Thanks for the memories, AA.