Lessons Learned From A Poor Airline ExperienceApril 17th, 2022

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I recently had  a terrible experience with a major airline.  From this experience I learned a few lessons that I will use in my business and which other small businesses can hopefully learn from as well.

First off let me give you some background:

I was booked on a flight from Tampa Florida to New York City for a friends daughter’s wedding.  We had an early flight and as such went to bed early.  When I woke up, I checked my email and saw my flight had been canceled overnight and we were re-booked 4 hours later than our original flight. Also, they booked us on a flight at an airport over an hour away in Sarasota Florida.  I went online to get our new boarding passes but I kept getting an error on their website and it said to call their 1-800 number.

The wait on the phone was two + hours!  The live chat on their website was 2 hours as well! 

This was inexcusable, and the nightmare had begun!  When I finally got to speak to a human, he fixed my boarding pass issue quickly and we then could head to the airport.  Unfortunately, as you will see, the experience continued to get worse…

At The Airport

When I finally got to the airport I went to the kiosk to drop off my bag, but it was out of service! Worse, there was NO ONE AT THE COUNTER!!!   All the other airlines had people. Over 45 minutes later someone showed up and the line was now 50+ people deep of angry passengers! People in line were actually yelling at this point, and no one could believe how poor the service was.

Next we went to the gate.

The flight was delayed in boarding, yet they made no announcements! The sign still had the original boarding time. So we were left to guess!!!  We finally boarded the plane, and we ended up getting to our hotel in New York at 9:30 PM.  This was roughly 9 hours later than we expected to land at Kennedy. Fortunately, we came in the day before the wedding. Had we left the morning of the nuptials, we never would’ve made it, and the experience would’ve turned from bad to worse (if that’s possible!)

So here are the lessons:

  • Communication: If  your business has to cancel or delay a service, make sure you are available to take your customers calls.  Nothing makes people angrier than sitting on hold for two hours. And when your live chat is over two hours, you are making them even more angry!
    Lesson Learned: If you don’t have the staff, then you should consider outsourcing some of your support.  Or, if you own the business and question, then you need to man the phones yourself and put others on the phones.  In my case, all I needed to talk to somebody and they immediately fixed my boarding pass issue. But two hours on hold left us angry as hell!
  • Staffing: listen, everyone in the world understands that right now staffing can be a problem.  BUT, as a business owner, you are responsible.  So you need to move people into positions to help your customers.  The fact that we waited over 45 minutes for anyone to come up to the counter is inexcusable. All the other airlines had people manning their counters.
    Lesson Learned: if you can’t staff properly, or handle the tasks yourself, then you should either close down temporarily, or at very least let people know what is going on.  People are usually reasonable, if they are kept in the loop. The biggest problem we encountered with this airline, is they had zero communication. People were left in the dark and they got angrier and angrier!
  • Compensate your customers: the airline in question has canceled hundreds of flights and is late all the time now.  While they are sorting out their issues, the one thing they could do is to compensate passengers.  For every canceled flight, give people a voucher for a discounted ticket. Or perhaps give people a voucher for free luggage or food, or any of the other million services airlines now charge for!
    Lesson Learned:  every company has problems, but how do you deal with issues determines whether or not you stay in business and flourish or go under. My advice is to admit your mistakes, let your customers/clients know you are sorry, and offer them some form of compensation that will make them feel good about you and your company. 

Bottom line:

Doing business is not always easy. But if you do the right thing by your clients/customers, then they will be understanding and will use your company again in the future. I can tell you, that I will never go on that airline again unless there are major changes. Unfortunately in the midst of canceling hundreds of flights and pissing off their clientele, this particular airline has been in the news for trying to buy a smaller discount airline.  They would be better served straightening out their own house before looking to expand.  Perhaps they should read, and re-read the following Gandhi quote:

 “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Editor’s note:  I purposefully did not mention the airline’s name in this blog post.  I am not trying to harm their business, and I truly wish that they would get their house in order as they used to be a great airline, and one of my favorites. If you contact me, I will let you know which airline I am talking about.  However, if you have flown on this particular airline within the last month or so, you know exactly who I am talking about!


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Listening: An important factor in web designMarch 29th, 2022

BLOG POST Listening- An important factor in web design web I had an unusual call last week from a potential client. She was totally flustered as she had been looking for an estimate for several months for a project.  The problem she was running into was that everyone was trying to oversell her and upsell on their services. But, no one was LISTENING to her.

So before even hearing what she wanted to do, they were spouting how they’ll help her with SEO and how they’ll help her with XY & Z and why they’re the best in the world, Blah, blah, blah.

The problem:

They just wouldn’t listen. She wanted to get this site built with the features she wanted and then she would talk about next steps and ongoing support.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I build a site for someone I am considering SEO along the way. That is a must to succeed in doing well with your website search engine rankings.  But first you need to actually get the requirements to build the site. To do this you have to listen, not talk, just listen!

Unfortunately in 2022, listening is not a skill that many companies seem to have.  They are about telling you what they do and why they’re the best.  But in a service company, you need to hear what the potential client is trying to achieve. You can’t jump the gun until you actually know what the goals are for the client.


“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”
― Bernard M. Baruch


Our Approach

For me, my approach is quite simple. I have always been a fan of the Bernard Baruch quote above.  Before I do anything, I listen to what the person in front of me is trying to get done. Once I know that I can formulate a plan to build the website and also come up with a hosting and maintenance plan that will be able to fulfill all of my clients needs and wishes.  The result is that the client not only has a website that they like and which works for them, they also end up with a support plan that they can afford and which allows them to get done everything they need in order for their business to succeed on the web. After over two decades in business, we know what works and what doesn’t.

In closing:

Listen, no company is right for every single client. But if you listen to what your potential client is trying to achieve, then you two can understand and sometimes figure out that this is (or isn’t) a project that will work for you or for the client. I would rather tell someone that I am not right for a specific project rather than just take it on and earn a few extra dollars. In the long run that person will be happier with you and who knows, it might lead to a new project down the road or even a referral from someone that you can help.

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