Let us now see, do you have an example of two teams from two airlines arrived at either Airbus or Boeing to collect the same frame that Airbus or Boeing sold to them, collecting payments from both of them?
Have you an example of going to the gynaecologist and not getting the check up having paid fully for when booking it?
Furthermore, in many cases even if the seat stays empty, it is paid for on a cheap ticket, a bit greedy to want to have it paid twice.
Blah blah blah
The guys could have flown. They just didn't get the legroom they expected. I've gone to pregnancy appts with my wife where we finally had to leave because they were so behind they couldn't see us. I guarantee you we didn't get any special consideration or treatment. The point is, crap happens. Airlines oversell seats because the flipside is that they offer fares that allow last-minute cancellations. It's a trade-off. It's a bit rich to call an industry that has basically spent much of it's existence near-broke as "greedy".
This isn't to say I support what happened. It's to say that your tireless blather about evil airlines as if they are the only industry that screws with customers rings hollow.
So the pregnancy appts. were prepaid when you made the appointment, and you had to make a written complaint to some complain adjusters to get your money back.
People tend to forget that in the airline business the customer has to prepay everything and if the airline does not deliver the agreed upon service, you have to pry it out of a very reluctant system that does not love to pay something back.
1. You think they reimbursed us for the pto we had to use twice?
2. The airlines offer fully refundable fares, allowing the customer to leave them with unexpected empty space.
3. I never said it was a good system. It’s just where it evolved over time.
4. Crap happens. My in laws flew to Vegas to see Celine. Paid for the tickets, hotel, rental car. Get there, go to the show - “Oh, sorry, she’s canceled her performances for surgery.” Sure, got a refund for the performance, but still are out a few grand for a trip that they then have to do all over again.
Crap happens. It’s not a perfect world. People get screwed every day. It isn’t always just. But the airlines are not alone it making a mess of things or having a poor system, bag service, etc.