Discussion in 'VMBB General Discussion' started by rooter, May 5, 2012.

  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Caving in like a used condum....excuse the navy slang, but that's exactly what that squirrily little loudmouth CEO of SPIRIT AIRLINES is doing for the ailing former marine he was willing to shaft a day or two ago...TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE...I could but wish the management of that frekish outfit, '****-cans' that fat little unperson!!!! FOX carried recent developments this morning...that's what I'm sounding off about.... Chief
  2. No Spirit in Spirit Airlines, I hope they go belly up and get the same treatment from the government as they give to ailing veterans.

  3. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Spirit CEO issues refund, apology to dying veteran

    By Hannah Sampson

    After nearly two weeks of bad publicity — and threats of a boycott — Miramar-based Spirit Airlines has said a dying Vietnam veteran will get a refund for the ticket he is too sick to use.
    In a statement released late Friday afternoon, Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza acknowledged that the company famous for its rigid (and profitable) policies on fees had erred in refusing to refund the $197 ticket.

    “Every day we seek to balance customer service with customers’ demands for the lowest airfare possible,” the statement said. “But sometimes we make mistakes.”

    Acknowledging that he failed to show respect or compassion for Jerry Meekins, who has esophageal cancer, Baldanza said he would personally refund the airfare and that Spirit would donate $5,000 in Meekins’ name to Wounded Warriors, the veteran’s chosen charity.

    “We have worked hard to build a great company that makes air travel affordable while making our employees proud and customers satisfied,” Baldanza said in the statement. “All of us at Spirit Airlines extend our prayers and best wishes to Mr. Meekins.”

    The change of heart came after Baldanza made several public statements, including on a recent earnings call, that offering refunds to someone who didn’t buy insurance on their ticket “cheapens that product a bit” and cheats those who did insure their purchases.

    Friday’s decision also arrived as threats to boycott the company mounted on a Facebook page and from veterans groups, Fox News reported.

    News of Meekins’ plight emerged in late April, after the 76-year-old bought a ticket to Atlantic City to care for his daughter following surgery. After buying the ticket, he said, doctors told him his immune system was too compromised to fly and that he didn’t have much longer to live.

    The Clearwater man’s protests outside Tampa International Airport drew media attention — and widespread public support.

    For Spirit, the headlines just got worse. This week, while the outcry from Meekins’ case continued, the airline announced that it was raising fees for carry-on bags stored in overhead bins — which it was first to introduce — to $100 when paid at the gate.

    Also this week, the low-cost carrier reported it made more than $23 million in profits for the first quarter of 2012, an increase from the previous year’s first quarter. Operating revenue increased more than 29 percent year-over-year to $301.5 million, and non-ticket revenue jumped 21 percent to $51.68 per passenger flight segment.

    The airline says it is able to keep the cost of base fares low by charging for extras, including choosing a seat, having an agent print boarding passes at the airport or storing carry-on bags in overhead compartments.

    Airline observers say the policies are effective in keeping prices low but also in earning contempt from some travelers.

    George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, said he was shocked by Spirit’s decision Friday.

    “They usually hold their ground,” he said. “They’re so tone-deaf.”

    Still, he said, other airlines also have strict no-refund policies.

    Said Hobica: “It’s pretty epic that Spirit actually backtracked, and in such a public way.”

    The Tampa Bay Times contributed to this report.
  4. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    That makes it sound like it's a One Of, and will never happen again.
  5. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    That just shows the power of social networking and the almighty dollar. With fuel prices up and other cut rate airlines like Direct Air going belly up, no business, big or small, can afford to piss-off the public. Messing with a Veteran, a terminally ill one at that, just ain't good business. It's just too bad it has to play out this way. Customer service should always be job #1.
  6. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    when you can get so many to vote with their dollar nowdays yeah fix some wrongs , show mutts for what they are , just wish it worked with government policy that way ..