For those who doubted that I would ever fly on my Ethiopian BKK fare, I’m sorry to disappoint you. By the time this post goes live I’ll be traveling between Dublin and Los Angeles on an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner in business class.
If you’re new to the saga, you can catch up here:
Another Note from Ethiopian Airlines Arrives
Ethiopian Called. Now They Want to Honor My Ticket…
The Last Battle with Ethiopian Airlines (+Videos)
Denied Boarding by Ethiopian Airlines at BKK
Update: I’ve Made it to Bangkok
On My Way to BKK to Confront Ethiopian Airlines!
Ethiopian Airlines Showdown: I’m Flying to Bangkok
Final Denial from Ethiopian Airlines (RE: Cheap Business Class Fare)
Ethiopian Airlines Writes Me Back! (RE: Cheap Business Fare)
My Letter to Ethiopian Airlines (RE: Cheap Business Class Ticket)
Update on Ethiopian Airlines $776 R/T Business Class Ticket
Will My $763 R/T Transpacific Business Fare Be Honored?
When we last left off, Ethiopian had agreed to my compromise: use the BKK-ADD-YYZ flight coupons to travel from DUB-LAX instead. I had proposed a travel date in July and had only heard back after the flight had departed.
Many suggested Ethiopian was pulling my leg and had no intention of honoring the fare. I figured Ethiopian Airlines was just unorganized and just needed another chance.
While flying Lufthansa First Class home from my trip to Europe over the last several days would have been lovely, I figured why not try to fly Ethiopian this time?
I wrote to Ethiopian on Sunday and received a response back yesterday (day before travel) accepting my new travel date and sending me the full itinerary for final approval before re-issue.
Hours later, I had a new e-ticket in my inbox. Thankfully, Aer Lingus had award space from Dusseldorf to Dublin and I was able to use 4,500 BA miles + $72 in taxes (versus paying $284) to get to Dublin last night.
A Lesson in Perseverance
I’m not patting myself on the back, but I honestly never truly doubted that I would ever not eventually fly this ticket. The incident in Bangkok was regrettable…not at all what I wanted..but it showed that I would not give up.
You can chalk this all up to my “blogger” status but I wasn’t a blogger when I got SWISS to honor two mistakes fares and Air Canada to honor another. It’s about persistence and perseverance.
We’ll see if the crew treats me special today. If so, it will surely dilute the review. But I doubt it. Ethiopian had only about 30 hours of notice and I don’t think my email was read until yesterday morning.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what the onboard experience is like on the new “best international airline”.
I don’t think Ethiopian Airlines has earned a lot of trust, but I’m thankful for finally being able to use my ticket.