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Old 08-02-2019, 09:35 PM   #1
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Just saw an article by "The Points Guy" re a service called Freebird. Apparently for domestic flights you can pay $19 and in the event of cancellation or delay they will rebook you on another flight, one-stop or non-stop, even if the rebook is first class.

Has anyone heard more about this? Might make using airlines with infrequent schedules more attractive......
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:46 AM   #2
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Trying to research and the $19 fee one way would be very worthwhile .
Currently it is a separate policy through Getfreebird.com and not offered by specific airlines. If successful for this startup I would expect Southwest or AA to adopt this up charge eventually.
It does require a minimum 4 hour delay to qualify policy.
The Points Guy article is very positive outcome for this occurrence for his family recently.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:02 AM   #3
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If it does work as described, that sounds like a very nice benefit. We have a status with AA that has them doing this already, so it wouldn't be useful for us. If we did not have this, though, it might well be worth it. Also, since we have to stay on AA anyway, the move to another airline would not be useful.

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Yes, the saying is: if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. That's why I was looking for feedback. There would be great value to being able to be rebooked on a different carrier if the original one had limitations on daily flights, etc.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:14 AM   #5
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I look at something like this like I looked at moviepass. $9.99 for a movie a day, nearly any theater. They signed up 3,000,000 people after being around for a few years and barely having 25,000 subscribers.

They claimed that they would have marketable data to pay for the tickets and that the theaters would eventually give them a cut of ticket sales and snacks.

Their data had no value. The theater chains gutted them like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. They only survived by selling more stock to suckers.


And the theaters started their own plans.

So unless they have some magic sauce that pays for plane tickets, itís probably a short term move, hoping to get acquired.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:18 AM   #6
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So unless they have some magic sauce that pays for plane tickets, itís probably a short term move, hoping to get acquired.
Well, this is quite different, though. The movie case is a pay-for benefit that really is too good to be true.

This one is insurance. And that's always less than the cost of the replacement product due to the low probability of occurrence. The reality is that flight cancelled or delayed more than 4 hours are not that common (major weather events, which I'm sure would be excluded, excepted). So, this has a chance that the movie thing never did.

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The only problem is that often there are no other flights if you are using a major airline and they cant rebook you automatically. It could be very useful if you fly one of the little discount airlines like spirit.

The biggest concern I have with spirit is they only have 1 flight a day on most routes out of our local airport. I have read that the wont rebook you on another airline, so this could be perfect to use with spirit or frontier.
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I wonder how interline agreements play into (or against) this? Some airlines don't play well with others; Frontier comes to mind which I believe has minimal if any interline agreements.
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I wonder how interline agreements play into (or against) this? Some airlines don't play well with others; Frontier comes to mind which I believe has minimal if any interline agreements.
If they're actually going to pay for the flight (which is what I believe the claim is), then interline agreements won't matter.

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