So close, I’m sooo damn close!
After having jetted back and forth to London this Spring on various Sarah-related missions, I was thrilled when, having received my Swiss Air Lines Miles & More account overview today, I was informed that, with just a little bit of effort, I could achieve my long sought-after Frequent Traveller status!!
Not to sure what benefits this includes, though. But never mind; take a look at this status bar:
I am soo close!!
And the remaining effort is pretty reasonable, I’d say:
I can already smell the sweet scent of success!
So we’re off to Santorini!
Definitely! Like tickets booked, hotel and car reserved.
Then it could have been Madeira: pretty nice this time of the year. Flowers, good food, hiking up and down mountain slopes rather than beachin’ it out. Alas an expat confirmed that they hadn’t quite recovered from the massive mudslides yet. Strike Madeira.
The Azores? Now that’s a place and a half: wind-swept islands, a gorgeous landscape, wild weather. And did I mention the food? Our fingers were literally poised over the SATA web page “Book Here” button when I mistakenly inquired about the weather. Big mistake: 17 degrees and rain. Today, tomorrow, and the day after AND… Well you get the picture. Besides, our pics would have came out all gray so… Strike Azores.
The Cap Verde islands were then THE option. Just off Senegal, we could have enjoyed a week of “that Caribbean Feelin’” without breaking the bank. 6 and a half hours flying time and a sudden slipped disk put an end to that.
This was two weeks ago. We knew we were going SOMEWHERE, we just didn’t know WHERE or WHEN. And then I had a vision of little white houses with blue roofs, sun-baked Greek islands and liters of Ouzo. Must have been the fact that Greece was being mentioned every day, but to me it was subliminal: it HAD to be Santorini!
Two days later we had booked the flights and I started my hotel research……
Santorini, you see, is a small croissant-shaped island, barely a couple of kilometers long and, other than its fabled blue roofs, is famous for one thing: its sunsets over the bay. And thus, I couldn’t imagine booking ANY place which didn’t offer us the chance of lounging on OUR terrace (a balcony would have been valid alternative), a glass of Retsina in one hand while gazing at the setting sun, over and over again.
So I searched and I searched, and I actually found a whole bunch of suitable places which offered accommodation for a mere €100 per night. For the a view of the island. Unless you were willing to add another €200 for the “other side” of the hotel, that is.
So I searched and searched and searched. And then DBW searched. Found. And booked the ideal place. With our view and everything.
“I just didn’t enter any dates in TripAdvisor“, she said.
One of those women-ish smiles….
If I could have chosen just one flight over the last couple of months where I would have LOVED to check-in online it would have been tomorrow’s 07:00 to Vienna..
Nice one Austrian!!
Claim #1, including our lost hotel room booking, was submitted using their online customer services form. A problem ticket number was received within a couple of minutes followed by a mail, 3 days later, confirming their intention to reimburse the full amount.
Claim #2 was originally submitted using the link provided via the cancellation mail. As no ticket number was returned, a week later I re-submitted the claim via the above-mentioned form and was duly treated to the (ticket) number I had sought after. And today I received the reimbursement confirmation mail for the second amount.
The moral of this story? Simple and pretty obvious: when dealing with a helpdesk or customer service organisation, ALWAYS make sure your issue is referenced via a ticket number.
“Oh why didn’t I request a problem ticket?”
This not only means that your problem will be handled accordingly; it also means that it will officially become subject to quality management, and quality is all it’s about, right?
I must not click! I MUST not click………..
FYI: the price was actually CHF 100 LESS, yesterday…