Friday, December 14, 2007

Paradigm shift

I'm going to be on the road interviewing for most of the next eight weeks, so as you can imagine there are a lot of travel arrangements to make. And many of them are a bit complicated: fly into this city, take a train to that one, catch a red-eye from somewhere else in time for the next interview, all with very limited flexibility in times and dates. I've been getting quite frustrated with the interface options at a lot of the travel web sites; for example, today absolutely refused to let me rent a car for one day only.

So I've been doing something I haven't done for a long, long time -- picking up the phone and calling a travel agent. It started when I spent over an hour trying to book a three-leg plane flight with a limited window of takeoff times, and I just couldn't get what I needed online. So I called the local agent, and five minutes and $35 later I had my tickets! A human being and a telephone.... hmm, I wonder if this new technology has a future.


At December 15, 2007 at 9:34 AM , Blogger michaelg said...

Where are some of these exotic(?) destinations?

At December 15, 2007 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Scott J. said...

Hey, nobody said it was easy to join the Mile High Club.

Wait - you did purchase the Mile High Club option... didn't you?


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