14/05/2011 § Leave a comment
So, I know I haven’t been writing on here lately but I felt that I had to post a review about a lovely website called, Whole Sale Flights. Now, before you think that this is a positive review- think again.
Personal rating: * (1 out of five)
I’ve been in America visiting family and I wanted to go back home to my apartment in Japan. Since I feel like I have overstayed my welcome, I hopped on the internet and proceeded to search for flight tickets.
When you first enter their site, you are met with a pretty standard form where you enter your departure date, city, and how many passengers. So, I type in Baton Rouge to Narita, enter the date and submit the form.
So far, so good. Right?
For example’s sake, I put in some airport codes and a date just to take a screen-cap;
(If you click on the picture, I believe that it does get bigger.)
Okay, at the bottom of the page it states to call their representative or to fill out a fare request form. It was late at night so I filled out a request form and expected to get a reply. Two days, no reply. So, I decided that maybe they were busy and I gave them a call.
Before I move on with my story I want to note something very important; when you try to change the city or date you leave on- the price doesn’t change. And on any other flight website, the price goes up and down depending on the month, day, time of day…etc. The price they give you is meant to look ‘attractive’ in order to lure you into calling them. While they use it as a way to gain more business- some people don’t want to have their time wasted.
Now really, my problem isn’t with how poorly constructed the website is. I could careless. My main problem is what happened after I called them.
Okay, so, ring, ring, ring….and someone picks up. Again, so far, so good.
I proceeded to tell the man what fare I saw online on their website and he asked for the basic info; departure date, time, city, and destination.
I told him all of that and he put it into the computer and came back with the price of $1300 a person. When I confronted him and asked why the website said otherwise, he proceeded to grow very angry and hang up. I called again and I got another male. We went through the same routine and he quoted me $1700 a person for the same information that I gave the previous man.
So I asked him, “Why are you telling me this price, when I have found it online for much cheaper?” (Which, I had and I’ll get to that later.)
The man, like the last one, grew very angry and started to raise his voice into the phone, “Really? You’re stupid to think you can find something cheaper than what I’m giving you.”
Shocked by how unprofessional he was, I replied, “You quoted me $400 more than the last guy.”
“Well, that’s bullshit! You’re not going to find anything cheaper than what I gave you. Where did you find such a stupid price like that? This is the peak season, you are lucky to get this price! You are foolish to think otherwise!”
So, I gave him the website that I had used. He went there, typed it in and began to stutter, “Uh…uh….uh…$1700 is the best I can give you….uh……”
And then he hung up on me.
Not only was he rude, but disgusting as well. He spent the whole time smacking on some kind of food, right into the telephone.
Well, to end this story- by booking the flight myself I saved $2,100 dollars and found some amazing tickets that totaled $1302 for two people. (My girlfriend and I.) Save yourself the hassle and book your flights yourself. The more time and effort you put into it, the better the end result. I spent a mere 2 hours online and I saved myself a bunch of money. Being a college student in a foreign country, money is something I like to have more of.
To sum it up;
Avoid Wholesale-flights.com at ALL costs.
If you have any questions about what site/s I used and my ‘method’ for finding cheap flights- leave my a comment. I’d be more than happy to help.
19/02/2011 § Leave a comment
I write this laying here in a lovely hotel bed, still in Louisiana. With the prospect that our passports are arriving any day now- our departure date is imminent. That fact should be exciting in itself- but at this moment I feel less than excited. Sometimes you just have to stop and wonder whats going on; your past choices, your life now, and your life in the future. I know they say that the future is supposed to be a mystery and that the past is supposed to be history- but all of this things make who you are today. If you had never made those mistakes, then where would be be? Still making the same mistakes over over? Would you learn from them? Where do the lines of mistakes end and cross the lines of ‘self worth’ begin? Maybe I feel like I’m not making sense, but even then- I know these words will make sense to someone.
I’ve made so many mistakes- in relationships- both social and romantic, in my family, in life in general.
Maybe here are some things that I don’t understand.
But I wasn’t put here on this earth to understand everything- not right off. Nothing inside of myself is going to become fully enlightened with out suffering, without mistakes. The trips and falls, the scrapes that I have attained..those should amount for something.
Sometimes you have to look inside, past all of the flaws and the insecurities…past these notions of ‘being fat’, or ‘always wrong’ or ‘never good enough.’ There is some kind of worth in everyone- I know this even if im having a hard time trying to find it.
PS…want to see SuckerPunch SO bad.
08/02/2011 § Leave a comment
53 pages into this book right now.
So far, I’m really enjoying it.
29/01/2011 § Leave a comment
24/01/2011 § Leave a comment
I don’t have much to say. I missed my work out for the day and I just generally feel worn out. Too much stress.
I leave you with my favorite video!
22/01/2011 § Leave a comment
Of course I am. I think everyone gets stressed at some point in their life. Sadly, some people are always stressed out. I'm probably one of those people. I tend to stress about the little things. Even if it has nothing to do with me, like, my brother finding a job or not. Or if my dad has enough money each month to be able to have all of his medications. (Though, I know he has great insurance coverage- I always worry.)
Lately, I've been doing the only thing I can do.