Flight Bookings!

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This current trip was a sudden trip and there seems to be a couple of conventions taking place in Dubai so hotel and flights bookings are bit of an issue. After going through all my options I had three Jazeera, Kuwait Airways, and Emirates Airways. I wanted Emirates but I had an early morning meeting this Friday so I couldn’t take their morning flight, and later in the day only Kuwait Airways is available around 4pm, and the Emirates flight later in the night too late for me.

Since Emirates Airlines flight is either full or a difficult timing I can only take Kuwait Airways for a direct flight. From my previous experience with Kuwait Airways in July, I said I wouldn’t fly with them if it is at all possible. With the help of the travel agents they found an direct Jazeera flight which makes one stop on the way to Dubai which I don’t mind. That is a lot better then flying Kuwait Airways in my opinion. It seems a lot of people are still returning from vacation, there is a lot of planes which are filled in every direction and I thought they might be empty but I was wrong.

The funny part is that whenever I book anywhere in the MiddleEast its always through a travel agent, and if I’m traveling inside Europe or the US I will book online. The only way online booking will really flourish in Kuwait is when the online payment systems really work and smoothly. I was having this discussion with a few people who have tried, they make it nearly impossible and when they say they can do it, it doesn’t work. Its been years and they haven’t worked out the kinks in the online payment system.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

10 Comments

  1. dude ..its only a one and a half hour flight .. ma teswa all this fuss
    for dubai .. i would ride ANY airline

  2. for some reason I am having flashback from all the plain rides I was on when I came back and flew to Cali then Vages …. I don’t like flying

  3. I hate Fukeera Airways. I wouldn’t go on it even if it’s a 10 minutes flight. We tried it last summer for the first time and it took us 45 mintues just to check in- my parents and I felt we were standing in soug ilyim3a mo ma6ar. I’m currently satisfied with BA’s sleepers for long flights.

    But if there’s one airline I would really like to try its the Singapore Airlines.

  4. Murqab, some airlines are so dirty, smelly and lacks real food, you wont tolerate it even for half an hour! It wrecks your mood.

  5. The online option here in middle east is quiet pathetic really. Even in India, everything is online. I can book all the flights within India from the comfort of my home in Kuwait. But try booking a flight with a middle easter airline (with the exception of Jazeera), and it’s really a sad state of affairs.

  6. i booked tickets from aljazeera online twice with zero problems

    enjoy ur trip (^_^) “

  7. once .. i booked on jazeera for a trip to bahrain

    i enter my knet # .. it doesnt work .. at last i used my mastercard and it worked

    it took me to a page and gave me a confirmation code. . i printed it out and kept it .. and i never received an email

    on my flight date .. i went to the check in counter which didnt have any jazeera employees .. but only ” MAS employees ”
    and they told me u dont have a booking .. i showed them the paper i printed .. with a CONFIRMATION CODE .. he said maybe there was a problem with the credit card .. my credit card was 100% fine.

    i ended up paying twice the amount .. since i didnt have any choice
    and when i got back i didnt bother to complain and talk to the management .. since it will be a big head ache for just 50 kd

    4uck jazeera

  8. Jazeera Airways online booking system is fab.
    No room for complaint – unless you are staff at a rival airline company.

    Equally, for a world class flying experience, that will give even Emirates
    or Qatar Airways a run for their bottom euro, check out Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways.

  9. Murqab: It doesn’t matter, it could one and half hour of hell!

    Laialy: looool, I do like but for vacations really!

    Sushi: I don’t know what happened, but with most cases everything went well. And BA doesn’t go everywhere in the middle east so it would be difficult to use them all the time! I want to try Singapore Airlines and Itihad as well!

    Bashar: Not for Kuwait though!

    Cajie: As you said, its sad and a horrible system!

    vampire: same here, too much work!

    Murqab: wow, now that was a mess! They need a clear policy to fix these issues!

    drunk on taif: You are correct, in that the system is good but not perfect. Overall it hasn’t been too bad.

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