Archive for November 17th, 2007

The Death of the Non-Refundable Ticket

IF YOU MISSED THE New York Times’ article Thursday on new insurance policies that allow people to cancel their flights for work-related reasons, it’s definitely worth a read – a solid meditation on where our culture is headed, and whether we have our priorities straight:

I JUST booked a brief vacation, to a warm place, now that the weather is finally turning cold and the holidays loom. I clicked through all the usual disclaimers on the travel Web site — the hotel is nonrefundable; changes to flights can be made only with a hefty fee. Then I turned my attention to trip-cancellation insurance, and something new appeared.

Would I care to buy added insurance, I was asked, that allows me to cancel my trip if I have to work?

My first thought — now that’s a policy I can use — was followed quickly by my second — it’s official: nothing is sacred. [Read Full]


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