TurkishWings
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Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:13 pm

Hi everyone,

I just found a very very good deal on AZ from IST to MIA in late January 2009. It perfectly coincides with my itinerary and the connecting times couldn't be any better. But with the company being in so much trouble, should I go ahead and buy the ticket or not?

What if I buy it and the company actually declares bankruptcy? What would be my worst case scenario? Cancellation? Re-booking to other SkyTeam member airlines?

Thanks for your input
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:40 pm



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I just found a very very good deal on AZ from IST to MIA in late January 2009. It perfectly coincides with my itinerary and the connecting times couldn't be any better. But with the company being in so much trouble, should I go ahead and buy the ticket or not?

The government of Italy will do everything to keep AZ alive.
There may be opposing views to this policy, but for your question: I would not hesitate to go ahead, but pay with creditcard only (see below) and make not too many firm (non-refundable) bookings (hotel, rental car, ...) for the unlikely event that AZ closes and you do not get transported to Florida.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
What if I buy it and the company actually declares bankruptcy?

Your ticket technically becomes void.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
What would be my worst case scenario?

You loose all your money invested, but do not get transported. Has happened before.
In order to protect yourself, there is a way how creditcard payments can be reversed. Some A.netters please provide more details.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Cancellation?

Likely.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Re-booking to other SkyTeam member airlines?

I would not count on it, although it might happen (maybe/probably for a fee).
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:30 pm

I'd take the risk as well - I think Italy as a nation will rather pay millions in fees to the European Union than let their flag carrier Alitalia cease operations.

Besides, they do serve excellent coffee...  Smile
 
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:15 am



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Hi everyone,

I just found a very very good deal on AZ from IST to MIA in late January 2009. It perfectly coincides with my itinerary and the connecting times couldn't be any better. But with the company being in so much trouble, should I go ahead and buy the ticket or not?

What if I buy it and the company actually declares bankruptcy? What would be my worst case scenario? Cancellation? Re-booking to other SkyTeam member airlines?

Thanks for your input

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kaitak
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:00 pm

In light of recent news, probably best to avoid AZ.

If you must, make sure your insurance covers you for "failure of carrier".
 
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:48 pm

I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. I have spent the last week in Italy and things seem to be going from bad to worse for them (if you believe everything that you listen to on the news). I was just glad that I booked with BA for my flights.
 
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RE: Alitalia In January 2009. Should I Or Not?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:41 pm

Why risk it at all? While AZ might still be around due to the endless Italian government hand outs, whom can say what their schedule will look like come January?

Also as always with AZ and Italy, you also risk strikes and industrial actions which can wreak havoc of your plans.

I'd much rather just book on someone else. TK, LH, AF, KL, BA etc.... tons of ways to get to MIA from IST.
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