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AZ: Safe Bet Or A Gamble?  
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Hey everyone,

I was on Kayak.com looking for tickets to TLV from CLE ( Dec. 15th to Dec 29th)... I was surprised to see AZ offering $476 Business class tickets...

Is there a catch? What if AZ runs out of business by December.. will i get my money back?

Is it a safe bet?

Thanks in advance

Zaki

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User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

I would not touch them with a barge pole. Whilst they might still be operating on "life support" from the government then, they strike so often they simply cannot be relied upon.

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33179 posts, RR: 71
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

I think it is a safe bet, but I'm in the minority in firmly believing Alitalia isn't going anywhere. Alitalia workers do seem to like strikes, but Alitalia will still owe you your travel.


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User currently offlineLijnden From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1547 times:
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As long as credit card companies and travel agencies are not doing difficult, it is pretty safe. Make sure you have an insurance...


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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

I'd rather play black-jack with this money than to spend on AZ. Either they are down till then or they will be on strike.

User currently offlineEmirates Skies From Australia, joined Nov 2001, 171 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Am I the only one who finds these AZ threads very very amusing to read?

I do not think AZ will be around by Christmas time. Having said that, the fare seems very cheap, esp. for J-class and I'd go along and risk my money on that as long as I'm covered with a very good travel insurance. I fully trust AXA for that.

Emirates Skies.



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Well, i tried booking my flight online..........and guess what? I didn't let me.

According to their customer service rep, the website is being "updated" and that i should try again in 24 hours!

So, i'll check back in 24 hours and see if the same J price is offered.


User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1487 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Thread starter):
I was surprised to see AZ offering $476 Business class tickets...

Yeah...probably a computer error....there is probably a 0 missing at the end of that fare. You cant even buy a business class ticket from JFK-ATL for that amount!


User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4461 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 6):
According to their customer service rep, the website is being "updated" and that i should try again in 24 hours!
While on the phone, did they offer you the same fare over the phone?
By the way, I have a ticket from AZ for Sept. and I have purchased it using United Mileage Visa card. Now Visa people tell me that if AZ go bankrupt, there is nothing they will do for me. So I am going to try to get some extra travel insurance just in case.
More bad news; after talking to a travel insurance company, I was told that AZ is on a very short list of carriers they will not do insurance policies for.
Good luck.

[Edited 2007-07-24 20:20:11]

[Edited 2007-07-24 20:29:24]

User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

Quoting TK787 (Reply 8):
While on the phone, did they offer you the same fare over the phone?

I asked him that question and he told me their computers are down and that i should check back tomorrow!!!

Quoting OOer (Reply 7):
probably a computer error....

I'm pretty sure that's what it is.....


User currently offlineGeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 994 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

Had to have been a typo, but sometimes, typos are honored. As long as you pay with a credit card, you are 100% safe as far as you financial investment goes. You get all of your money back if AZ goes pancho supra. But if you have your heart set on travel, I suspect travel insurance would have only covered the cost of the ticket, which is grossly underpriced.
(I looked; I haven't been to TLV in ages, and at a price like that, greedy me would have booked). Christmas in Tel Aviv is not to be missed!



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