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As SkunkyGate grows and frustration builds over bad beer and undrinkable “s-well drinks” ($6.99 per gallon when not watered down, I think) it is time to review what you readers think “Bob” should do. I really appreciate all your input and the diversity of the answers was great. Now I get this whole “stink up” about SkunkyGate is all about #firstworldproblems. I mean, really, a bunch of people griping over the quality of a free drink in a PVT club is so gosh! to begin with, but then again, it is what we do – right?
Back on track. So here is one of my favorite comments about why we, and Bob, should just get over this from jene:
I could write something very snarky, but I will try not to. I understand your frustration at the drink changes, but seriously, if this is all it takes to cancel your membership and not be in the throes of the rest of travelers, especially in the summer, when families with myriad numbers of children who have never flown, are in the general boarding area, then cancel it. I say, get over it and either drink the cheapo liquor or pay to upgrade. Pull up your big boy pants and be thankful you are not among the inexperienced fliers with bawling kids!!
We hear you “mom” and nothing makes readers more passionate than writing about traveling with children other than maybe “passengers of size”!
But even so, we just don’t have to take #SkunkyGate sitting down (uh… other than in the Skyclub). No darn it – we should STAND UP, GET UP (just like Delta tells us they do) and ask for, nay, demand our right not to drink free swill! I mean, look at what reader Graydon said:
Take the refund. Get a Reserve. Still complain about skunk beer and well brands. Might not seem like much to Delta but to some of us it’s a big problem. If you are reading this Delta you need to be told again – stop it. We like you. We want to fly your airline. We put up with lousy redemptions of the lowest value mile currency and still do things like get AMEX Delta cards to make it work for us. Some of us pay for TWO AMEX Delta cards to make it work. Stop messing with us. I don’t drink that much “free booze” do I?
Here here! Well said. I agree. But if we put all the answers/comments to Bob’s query to readers into a list form, here is what we in general see:
1) Get over it & keep membership – 20%
2) Refund & get Delta Reserve for access – 26%
3) Refund & get NON-Delta AMEX Platinum for access – 26%
4) Go other places instead – 26%
5) Nina – ( you just rock girl ) – 2%
So these are telling results to me and some are MQM collectors, others not so much (ie Reserve vs AMEX Plat for lounge access). It also says to Bob that it is just up to you to make up your own mind as to what you are going to do (I think he will tell us his choice soon btw). As for me, I now get in free thanks to my Diamond status and for free I can drink almost anything (I did go to college ya know)! – René
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