Del Palmar Complains About Continental Connections Poolside at His Timeshare

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Del Palmar here, sitting at my timeshare in Mazatlan complaining about these continental connections that the airlines force us to take. Don’t you see that the continental connections are just a fraud and scam to take our money and time?

I just flew down to my timeshare last week, and boy let me tell you. These airline companies really have us by the you know whats. You mean to tell me I can’t get from NY to my timeshare in Mexico direct? I can only take a continental connection through some hub airport.

This is 2010 and by now you should think that the airlines would be better serving their customers. I’ve been coming to my timeshare for about 15 years, and each year the direct flights are fewer and fewer. Now, good luck getting to the timeshare direct.

So Marie and I had our continental connection in Houston, exchanged our money and paid an awful commission. There’s a good business to be in. Just exchange, buy and resell money for large commissions and exchange fees at the airports. Anywhere there’s tourists, set up a little kiosk and start to exchange, buy and resell money for large commissions and exchange fees.

I think it’s cheaper to exchange, buy and resell money for your vacation in the USA. In Mexico, the large commissions and exchange fees are even larger. So we do it before going to the timeshare.

The flights to the timeshare was reasonable. Crap food, and Eddie Murphy in a fat-suit movie. But Marie let me have the window seat and one of her green pills. I only looked up from the view to order a gin and tonic, which I know from past experiences, goes really well with her green pills.

By the time we got to the airport in Mazatlan, I was ready to get in a cab and head for my favorite taco stand on the way to the timeshare, but I pressed the red button. For anyone who hasn’t been to Mexico before, Customs has a different system than ours (anyone with a tan). In Mexico, you press a button and if the light goes red then you go off to get searched; green and you can proceed. Marie pressed green, but they searched her too.

Of course they didn’t find anything because there wasn’t anything to find. You can get anything you want in Mexico anyway. What would anyone really be smuggling into Mexico?

I’d love to see about one of those timeshare jet companies for my continental flights without connections. That would be a worthy investment to get to the timeshare in Mexico more often. The grandkids would LOVE that, boy let me tell you. See all their inheritance go to that one purchase. Just think of the look on their faces.

Sorry kids, I’m you wanted to go to college or something, but you know how Grandpa hates a connecting flight.



Continental Connection & Complaint & Timeshare Haikus

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Sitting by the pool
Complaining about
Mexican timeshares

No more direct flights
Continental Connections
Death of the airlines

Continental Flights
Delayed and missed connections
Timeshare with A/C

Timeshare, Oh timeshare
Mazatlan de Mexico
We complain, timeshares

You could smoke on planes
Continental Connections
No metal forks, knives

Timeshare point system
Listing fees, maintenance fees
Timeshare fraud scam end.

Del Palmar Discusses Continental Connections With Timeshare Members

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Del Palmar: I’d like to thank you all for joining me here today. As you know, this conversation is being transcribed for distribution in the interwebs. Please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Tabitha Longsworth: My name is Tabitha and I have been living part-time in this great timeshare resort Mexico since my retirement as a school teacher. I live Phoenix, AZ the rest of the year.

Mildred Perriwinkle: I’m Mildred, recently widowed. I live in this timeshare resort year round.

Jeffrey Friedlebaum: I’m just sitting at the bar waiting for a margarita. I don’t really know what this is about.

Del: Jeffrey, this is about continental connections. We’re discussing the aviation era pre- and post- direct flights.

Jeffrey: Well, that started in the 80s. Someone at the FAA decided to give airlines hub airports and since then, the travel industry has gone downhill.

Mildred: I agree. We used to fly all over the continent and without many continental connections. This was before the 80s when airlines were more concerned with serving the public, instead of the shareholder’s interests. We bought our first timeshare in Waikiki in 81 and flew regularly from our home in NY to Hawaii.

Tabitha: It’s true. My sister was a stewardess and she always told me about the airline industry and how much fun it was to work for the airline. It was a really good job for a woman to have back in the 70s. The uniforms looked good and you were able to see a lot of the world. She mostly did continental connections and was based out of Houston.

Jeffrey: Never liked Houston. Dallas, now there was a good show. That J.R. Ewing. Shrewd business man, he was.

Del: We started to travel frequently after the kids left for college, and we had more money and free-time.  We flew mostly as continental flights and tried not to have connections in our itinerary. It was easier then to avoid continental connections. Mind you, we didn’t have a timeshare then. We got our first timeshare in the spring of 92 .. We were in Puerto Vallarta and did one of those timeshare tours. Liked the place enough to buy it then and there.

Mildred: How was your timeshare program set-up?

Del: It was a straight-out timehare 2 week purchase for high-season. We mostly took the kids and grandkids for Christmas. It was a nice treat for the girls.

Mildred: Ours was a points system for the timehsare. That turned out to be a scam. The base value went up by 30% every 3 or so years.

Tabitha: Ya, that was typical for those things. Timeshares could turn out to be a fraud if you don’t get the right one. Luckily, we all seemed to do OK with this timeshare.

Jeffrey: I’ll drink to that.

Del: Keeping focused, what else is there to say about continental connections?

Mildred: Del, there are four of us here. How about a game of bridge?

Del: I’m game.


Continental connections in North America – Continental connections instead of direct flights

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Have you ever wondered why airlines make you travel through a hub airline and make a Continental connection? Why are there no direct flights within North America? Why are connections when traveling with continental North America so necessary for the airlines?

It all started in the 1980s as airlines began to streamline their operations and flights. Some ‘genius’ at the airlines came up with the idea to reduce Continental direct flights and only offer Continental connections, making travelers fly through hub airlines.

More Continental connections as the airlines will fall back on the only business model they know of. Which isn’t really the only business model. 

Look at Europe’s airlines. Between the lot of them, most cities have a direct flight .. No Continental connections in Europe. Maybe Marie and I should get a timeshare in Europe and take one of those fancy trans-atlantic flights with the fully-reclining seats for two. 

That’s not a half-bad idea. Are there any reputable timeshares in Europe?

Continental Connections Should Be Removed from Flight Plans Complains Retiree

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Continental connections for North America are such an inconvenience for the traveler that they’re frustration extends beyond complaints to a love to hate relationship with flying. The airlines force its clients to make connections on continental flights just because the airline’s best interest is in protecting their bottom-line, instead of offering convenience to the average business flyer.

The airline industry is operating on a dinosaur business model that hasn’t adapted since the 80’s. The airlines pack passengers into some of the largest planes on the market and fly to the airline’s hub forcing the passenger to make a continental connection. A hub is an airport where a specific airline sends all of its flights and passengers must change planes to get to their destination. The airline then offers few direct flights unless you happen to be traveling to that hub’s city.

The arrival of timeshares or timesharing in flight plans came with the introduction of continental connections. Timeshares when referring to airports and flight times has to do with finding a time for a once-delayed flight to take off. Having already missed its narrow window of opportunity to depart for whatever reason, the airline must find a new time for the plane to depart. Often an airline is affiliated with an alliance of airlines, and the alliance will find an upcoming departure of one of its flights and arrange with the airport tower to timeshare the departure time with the two flights. The tower doesn’t complain about the timeshare agreement because it earns the airport a commission from the transfer of the missed departure time to the timeshared departure time.

The timesharing agreement is done to avoid having to pay the airport to assign a new departure time for the flight, a costly expense with time at a premium at continental airports. While there have been no reported aviation accidents due to timeshare flight plans, the danger of something happening exists because the two timeshared flights take off so closely together. The passengers rarely, if ever know about the timeshare agreement for the flight plans. At the risk of sounding ominous, a crash is almost inevitable if the airlines maintain the practice of timeshare departure times from delayed continental connections. Without continental connections on flights within North America, the instances for delayed flights will decrease and the timeshare agreements for flight times would in follow the same pattern. My complaints to the airlines would also stop if continental connections ceased to exist.

Larger planes have a lower cost-per-passenger for the airline when the flight is fully booked, and the airline must sell each seat for the flight to be profitable. The margin is for profit is extremely tight when the airline uses the massive Airbus and Boeing super jets that sending a flight with less than 80% occupancy is a loss for the airline.

It was the 1980s when the airlines began to streamline operations and adopted the practice of continental connections through hub airports. The death of direct flights in continental North America and the appearance of connections gave birth to my complaints, like a phoenix rising rising up from the flames.

Continental connections in North America shouldn’t have to be the norm. One only has to look to Europe and see how the continent’s many airlines operate. Few airlines in Europe operate on the hub system and continental connections, giving passengers more direct flight options and fewer continental connections. Probably no complaints from Europe’s frequent flyers, especially the business traveler with multiple flights weekly and few if any continental connections.


Continental Connections are Death of Airlines Complains Retiree

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For almost 40 years, Del Palmar has been jetting around North America. As a buyer for a large American retail chain, Mr. Palmar has racked up a staggering amount of frequent flyer points. During that time, Mr. Palmar watched the decline of the multi-billion dollar industry.
The main complaint he has with the airlines is continental connections, forcing flyers to fly to a hub instead of a direct flight to their destination. Continental connections are used to protect the bottom line of the airlines, forcing flyers to adjust their itinerary to suit the needs of the airlines and filling extra-large airplanes with travelers who are not going to their intended destination.
Mr. Palmar asks North American airline companies to look at European airlines, and their business model. Smaller airplanes are used on Europe’s many less popular routes, decreasing the need for continental connections and hub airports. The airlines have more routes to accommodate it’s clients, whose conveniences are not taken into consideration. Mr Palmar would like to see more routes within continental North America, and less flights with connections.
He also suggests that the level of service be maintained or increased, and since clients don’t mind paying more for services, airlines can charge more per seat and protect their bottom line, instead of charging for incidentals like luggage, or $5 for a beer.
How will the current economic downturn affect the airline industry? Mergers and companies going under will further limit the flyer’s options, and more hubs will be used. Smaller airports may become obsolete as the airlines merge their services and condense it’s workforce and overhead, and jobs would be cut. A timeshare agreement between airlines and affiliates would see a further reduction in jobs are the companies share the workforce required to maintain the dwindling fleet. Timeshares for airlines would be undetectable by travelers, however the staffs would be working on a skeleton crew.
A redesign of the business model as prescribed by Mr. Palmar would keep jobs safe as there would still be the requirement for labor to accommodate the routes.
Instead of complaining about the continental connections flyers are forced to go through, airlines should follow Mr. Palmar’s suggests North American airline’s business models adjust their business model and emulate European airlines: smaller planes and direct routes. Budget airlines in Europe frequent smaller airports and destinations while navigating throughout the continent, without many connections for flights. And while your itinerary may not remain loyal to a specific airline, the itinerary meets the needs of the traveler and the direct flights are used more often than not.
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