My site, my rules – Fat Stacks Blogging

A VOIP headset rests on a laptop keyboard.

The final two weeks I’ve tried to cancel summer season flights with Expedia. The journey isn’t taking place. When booked a very long time in the past we thought there was an opportunity we’d be touring.

I do know I received’t get a refund, however I’d like to get credit score for future flights.

One current afternoon I spent a beautiful 2 hours on maintain listening to the Expedia playlist. I gave up on the 2 hour mark.

There’s no contact kind or e-mail on the web site.


There’s an AI stay chat for canceling journeys however it tells me my itinerary quantity doesn’t exist in order that’s a lifeless-finish.

Expedia is a black gap.

At present I threw a Hail Mary and despatched emails to numerous company departments… investor relations, careers, promoting and partnership departments.

Yeah, I do know… futile.

I do know the recipients in these hallowed departments will most likely simply snort, joke with their workplace friends about one other fool emailing them and delete it. I’m not naive.

Figuring out this I did my greatest to no less than make the e-mail considerably fascinating. I spared them the “YOUR SERVICE IS THE WORST” expletive-crammed, offended e-mail they most likely get in droves.

As a substitute I defined I’m a shareholder by way of a mutual fund and whereas I don’t need to pull rank with my .00000000000000000001% holdings, as a loyal buyer I’d positive be thankful for some assist. I sympathized with the journey trade realizing it’s been blood and guts in all places, financially talking. I additionally stated whereas their on-maintain music playlist is fairly good, I’ve looped by twice however am grateful for a few of the nice tune concepts that I added to one among my playlists.


After offering particulars of my flights, I ended with “I actually didn’t need to e-mail you as I do know you’ve much better issues to do however it was the one e-mail deal with I might discover. All I ask is so that you can ahead my plea for assist to somebody who will help.

Cathartic? Sure.

Will it work? Uncertain.

After which there’s my financial institution.

My financial institution earned a web revenue of $3.8 BILLION in 2020. Banks make financial institution, it appears, in good and dangerous occasions.

However, that wasn’t sufficient. In spite of everything, they earned $5.1 billion in 2019.

What’s a financial institution to do? No financial institution can tolerate a $1.3 billion drop in earnings. Unacceptable.

Reduce prices, that’s what they do. And lower prices they did.

Of their infinite knowledge, they now not have human tellers at most financial institution branches. It’s all machines. The financial institution 50 ft from my workplace is a lounge with banking machines. I’m not kidding. There are plush chairs with espresso tables all through. The machines line the partitions. Perhaps I ought to ditch my lease and work there. It’s very good.

Whereas financial institution machines are fairly slick as of late, they’ll’t do all the pieces. Machines can’t wire cash or problem cash orders.

After I want human assist, I e-mail my monetary advisor on the financial institution. That is the very last thing she needs to take care of. She didn’t signal as much as ship wires. She’s a lauded CFP.


She forwards my emails to the financial institution department supervisor.

I gotta hand it to the supervisor. She rocks. She’s despatched wires for me and has completed loads of different issues.

She’s now the one “teller” for the whole department.

She should be going insane though she doesn’t have any employees to handle.

It’s nice for me as a result of I’ve her e-mail deal with. I don’t have go to the financial institution. I simply e-mail her.

Straightforward for me. Worthwhile for the financial institution. Unhealthy for financial institution managers.

Don’t apply to be a financial institution supervisor.

I’m all for saving cash however if you happen to select to function a customer support enterprise, it’s worthwhile to spend money on customer support.

It shouldn’t be seen as an expense apart from accounting functions.

It must be be seen as an funding.

I’ve all the time preferred Expedia. It made reserving journeys straightforward. One portal with all the pieces in it. Nice search capabilities. Straightforward and handy. Customer support was first rate.

After this fiasco I doubt I’ll use Expedia once more.

I’ll most likely use human journey brokers.

Keep in mind them?

They appear so 1980’s however I wouldn’t be stunned in the event that they make an enormous comeback.

For an additional $20 per flight, you get a human being who does the reserving. If there’s an issue, they take care of it.

As for my financial institution, I’ll stick with it though I don’t know the way lengthy the present supervisor will.

Which is why I keep away from incorporating income streams on my area of interest websites that require customer support.

Customer support isn’t enjoyable. It’s not enjoyable offering it. It’s not enjoyable organising a group to deal with it. It’s not enjoyable.

I didn’t get into on-line publishing in order that I might subject offended emails all day.

I acquired into on-line publishing as a result of it’s largely passive.

It’s a one-method biz.

I discover subjects. I write. I publish. I’m completed.

Don’t like my web site?

Don’t go to.

My web site, my rules.