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Flight Centre - Bad news

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by rdhopkins2, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. rdhopkins2

    rdhopkins2 Carpe Diem

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    I never use travel agents, but it is unsurprising that a sales environment is full of flogs.
     
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    kaiserchief13 Brownlow Medallist

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    A long article. Unbelievable they can get away without paying minimum wage, but then bump it up if the employee doesn't meet the target to get enough commission to meet minimum wage for that period. A tactic by Flight Centre to save money but dog their employees.
     
  4. Peter Sidorkiewicz

    Peter Sidorkiewicz Premiership Player

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    Never had a problem with using them before, but this is a bit worrying.
     
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    I booked some flights with them recently, the girl I was working with quit without notice. I hadn't seen this article, but did converse with the store today to sort out a few things. I'm a little concerned, don't like supporting shitty business and certainly don't like getting ripped off. I will keep a closer eye on things and do my research to keep them honest.
     
  6. Retzlaff

    Retzlaff Team Captain

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    I feel like Flight Centre and Crico would have the same target market
     
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  7. Kram

    Kram I'll brik u

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    Was wondering why their share price had been smashed after iirc producing a good annual report a week ago.
     
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    I dont know why you would use flight centre when you could do the same thing yourself

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  9. Peter Sidorkiewicz

    Peter Sidorkiewicz Premiership Player

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    Book now, pay a deposit and the pay the balance later has its advantages compared doing it yourself whereby you have to pay everything up front.

    Also some people just cant be arsed doing research, seaching for best flights or accommodation deals.
     
  10. BERT

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    It depends on who you get. I booked an entire 3week trip to the US with them. I walked into the store and had a budget and dates and the flight centre girl was brilliant. Took nearly 2 hours and it was booked. Her attention to detail and follow ups were first class.

    The last time I went in to look for some accommodation and the staff member couldn’t have been less interested. Got hardly any options at ridiculous pricing.
     
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    If they don't try and fleece you, their market share gives them access to good flight deals. So if they're not trying to rip money off you in this case, flights can be better (did have this when I booked my Russia and Contiki tours in 2011 and 2013 respectively)

    You also have the advantage of their access when issues arise on the trip. Ie. You're in Bali or Iceland (or surrounding areas) and a volcano erupts causing flight cancelations and hotels being booked out. They can assist greatly in that and book through their system rather than you on hold for a long long time with airlines, or scrambling for a bed for the night.

    And there are unforeseen issues which can arise which theyd get informed of through their 3rd party suppliers which you may not. For example, for my 2014 USA sporting trip I booked everything myself (except my international flights which I got on sale at an expo), I had a hotel in Atlanta booked for Labor Day weekend when I went to watch Boise State vs Ole Miss. The hotel I was with got bought out. I only found out about it 2 weeks before departure as they didn't inform me and I was just going through everything before departure. Followed it up, yep, it was honoured and I found out the hotels new name. An agent would have provided that instantly. Instead I had to waste a little time dealing with it myself and stressing whether my booking still stood as it was different companies etc.

    When everything goes right, it doesn't matter whether you booked it yourself or through an agent. But when things go wrong you will be thankful you've got someone.
     
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    Call Flight Centre lowest wages guaranteed.
     
  13. ESKIE

    ESKIE Keeping it Cool.

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    I usually book everything myself, but have found flight centre good for European air fares, accom etc I just do myself
     
  14. stmookeyj

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    Haven't used a Flight Centre since 2008. May have an occasional glance online to see if their overseas flight options work out cheaper than the other sites I look at, but in reality it wasn't a major difference.
     
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