Carol now retired
My last trip was 18 Feb to 25 March. I wasn't wise and I purchased my flight 60 days in advance, but still somehow got the same price as I had seen 120 days in advance (wasn't sure about the dates so had to wait). Then to make matters worse, 2 weeks prior I had to change the dates. Naturally I had to pay the difference in cost; which was zero. To compound the outrage, KLM sent me a $15 refund for some strange reason.
The flights left on time, my carry-on wasn't checked, the food stank which at least was one thing I got that I was counting one. I had an aisle seat in the center section, no one took the middle seat so I had more room than I was prepared for. The transfer in AMS took under 30 minutes gate to gate. But of course I had booked a 3.5 hour lay over so I wasn't a happy camper.
The taxi in Budapest didn't over charge or take me on a joy ride. The flat that I was staying in was ready and clean and everything I had expected it to be. One let down after another.
I did get ripped off to a disgusting degree on the month long transportation pass. I bought it in February so it was only good for 28 days, had I waited a week I could have gotten it for 31 days for the same price.
I took a side trip to Bucharest for 5 days and hired a cheap, cheap, cheap guide. We had prearranged all the costs, but you know they always find a way to stick it to you once they get you. Well, she pulled a fast once and only charged what we had agreed to, then proceeded t provide one of the better tour experiences in the last few years. Here I had been ready to let loose on her and had to find something else to do with it. Then she had the nerve to invite me on a trip to Malta in June and offered to pay half the cost. Even Tarom Air to Budapest and back let me down by being as efficient and near perfect as once can expect.
The flight home in March was equally as screwed up. The taxi came 3 hours prior to flight time. Unfortunately he set a new record for getting to the airport and I was 2.5 hours early. But the line at the ticket counter was pure chaos. Easily an hour I thought; then I realized all i had was carry-on and I had my boarding pass so I walked past the line, breezed through security (because I know where the secret security line is located). I ended up in the gate area in under 15 minutes. But of course they dont post gates till 45 prior to the flight so I was stuck drinking coffee for an hour. A $5 coffee at that! So angry. I could have slept more!
Once again AMS a breeze and a totally wasted long lay over and had to endure on-time flights and empty middle seats.
The uncertainty of travel is becoming a real headache. The last half dozen trips have been the same. Something has to change or I am going to have to rethink travel.