Two New Books: On Airlines of Staggering Meanness, and on Memory
And, in the Airline Swindle game, there are some winners, who may hate Airlines of Staggering Meanness and Trickiness ( Amazon ) , but many who are used and exploited, and it was inspired by my own personal experiences, and you may do as you wish (it will be free in a few days' time), and is 99 cents now.
Nearly everyone’s blood is sucked, but not everyone’s. Our masterstroke, based on the principle of Divide and Screw, is to enlist some of our passengers, the long-term planners, the moneyed, the cunning, and the super-organized as co-conspirators in our extortion and bloodsucking scheme. We appeal to their greed and their insecurities, promising them hundreds of dollars off a ticket that has been booked three, six, or nine months in advance... We’re not giving them the hundreds of dollars of savings from our own pockets, after all, but from the pockets of other, less planning-capable, weaker, and helpless passengers.
Or, supposing you succumbed to your credit card’s “special” offer of a large loan at a “promotional” interest rate of 2.5 percent, repayable in tiny installments. If you delayed even a single payment by a single day—bang, the interest on your account skyrockets from the “promotional” 2.5 percent to an extortionate 24 percent. Because you are now a “delinquent,” and have forfeited the right to the bank’s former magnanimity. Repeat this bad habit of forgetting to pay just one more time, and the resulting blot on your credit history results in all other credit cards and loan companies tarring you with the same brush of “delinquent” or “credit risk” and slapping you with their highest rates. A classic bait and switch performed on the forgetful.