Tiger airlines flew their first flight today after the grounding by CASA back on July 1st.
There were just a couple dozen people flying today from Melbourne to Sydney. Tiger says that they are easing back into the market slowly with flights between Sydney and Melbourne.
One passenger said, “Let’s give them a go. That’s what Aussies do. So give them a go!”
It will be interesting to see over the coming weeks how things go for Tiger Airways.
But I guess that even though we were personally affected by Tiger and missed out on seeing family in Melbourne due to the flights suspension, I cannot fault passengers going for the cheaper flights.
Especially during the difficult financial times that many are having at the moment, when every dollar counts! There are sure to be many people who will forget, and even forgive Tiger, and fly with them.
I am not sure if we will fly Tiger again, after the pain they caused to us and our family in Melbourne, after weeks of anticipation and looking forward to seeing each other after many years! Is it worth the risk of having your flight suspended and your plans cancelled?
I just hope that every flight that Tiger Airways flies will be safe for its staff and passengers!
There seem to be many people still searching each day on how they can receive their refund! I have hence created this short video showing you procedures that you can go through to assist in your own refund application procedure.
Tiger was initially grounded on 2nd July 2011. My family was all due to fly that morning on Tiger and so we were devastated when we heard on the news that morning at 6am that Tiger had been grounded by CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority here in Australia.
We had additional costs of other flights, an additional night’s accommodation and car hire for an extra day. At the same time we wondered if we would even receive the refund from Tiger.
We did ask Tiger for these additional costs to also be reimbursed, but we never even heard back from them.
No correspondence or other emails, apart from the one 4 days after our cancelled flights saying that our flight was cancelled (4 days earlier!), was received from Tiger Airlines.
The way that we found out that we had indeed received our Tiger Airways refund was when I checked my credit card statement a month after the cancelled flight date and found that 21 days after the cancellation we did indeed receive the refund back onto the credit card that we initially used to purchase the tickets.
I hope that this video is helpful in showing you how to contact Tiger to get into the queue to receive your own refund.
I wish you every success and hope that you receive your refund soon! Please feel free to leave your comments below about your own experiences with Tiger and also about receiving (or not receiving) your refund.
This is an unscheduled blog post. I have just checked my credit card statement and the refunds have just come through from Tiger Airways!
I must say that I am extremely relieved to receive these refunds for 6 separate tickets, 3 people on 2 different flights. We thought we would have also heard from them in regards to the Tiger Airways refunds.
We have not received any emails or communication from Tiger Airways in any way apart from the email received 4 days after our scheduled flights saying that the flights had been cancelled… Four days late, but at least it was a form of communication.
We have not received any communication in any form regarding our request that Tiger reimburse us for the additional costs that we incurred for having to find accommodation for an extra day and also the car hire costs for this additional day. So that is disappointing.
Overall we are still out of pocket an extra few hundred dollars, but at least we have received these 3 refunds for the three bookings that we had with Tiger.
I hope that the remaining Tiger Airways customers will also be successful in receiving their refunds as we have!
Please if you have any comments or want to share your own experience then feel free to leave a comment below. We would love to hear your personal experiences.
This is a special blog post that I had not expected to write. The post about Old Hobart Town will come shortly.
Saturday morning I got up at 5.30am and finalized our packing so that we were all ready to leave for the airport at 7.30am for our flights. Tehillah was flying to Sydney on Jetstar and Greg and I were set to fly to Melbourne on Tiger Airways to visit family who we have not seen for many, many years.
At 6am I turned on the TV to check the news to confirm that we could fly and that there were no further problems with volcanic ash. I was shocked when I heard the news!
CASA had grounded all Tiger Airways Domestic flights in Australia effective immediately! This meant that Greg and I could not fly to Melbourne to see our family.
We had no access to Internet to find out more information so we phoned up Tiger Airways at about 6.30am only to receive a recorded message saying that we had called outside office hours and needed to phone back during normal business hours. Or, the recorded message told us that we could also go to their website to find out more information.
Well that was not very helpful! What are travelers meant to do when they can not get in contact with the airline?
I will Never fly Tiger Airways again! They have certainly made some unhappy and unsatisfied customers with this treatment.
In my opinion, at least they could have sent text messages to all of the customers who had booked and given a mobile contact number. I believe that if they could not send an SMS then they should have phoned up travelers who had provided any phone number at all.
I heard that people were still arriving at the airports around Australia, almost 24 hours after the grounding, still believing that they were flying to their destination, as Tiger Airlines had not notified them!
What poor customer service and customer relations is that? Especially with school holidays beginning today and many families setting off on family holidays throughout Australia.
Greg and I were able to get onto Jetstar and book flights for a day later, as all flights for our departure date were already fully booked!
We were unfortunately not able to get tickets to Melbourne and then the Gold Coast as it would have cost us over $550 each to these 2 flights. So with much disappointment we reluctantly booked our flights on Jetstar on Sunday flying from Hobart to the Gold Coast. Our 2 tickets cost us $309, which is money that we really don’t have to spend, but Tiger left us with no other choice.
After securing our flights we then needed to contact Selective car rentals to extend our vehicle hire for another day. Then we had no where to stay so the search was on to find somewhere to sleep for our extra night in Tassie.
We checked out the Hobart Airport Hotel and could have booked a room for $109 for the 2 of us. This was not too bad, but we ended up getting a one bedroom unit at Wyndham Seven Mile Beach using bonus time for only $87.50.
So all up Tiger cost us $309 for flights, $40.60 car hire and $87.50 for accommodation, totaling $437.10 in extra expenses that we had not budgeted for!
Thanks Tiger airways for this blow to our holiday plans.
What annoys me the most, after not receiving notification, is that really this should not have even happened! In my opinion, when a pilot gets behind the controls of an aircraft they should realize that they have the lives of more than a hundred passengers in their hands and they should fly carefully, following all of the aviation rules and regulations that exist in the region that they are flying in.
So why have Tiger Airways pilots been disregarding aviation regulations and flying below safe levels over populated regions?
I wonder if we will ever find out why they have done this.
Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have added extra flights where required to assist all of Tiger’s passengers in arriving at their destination. I even heard on the news that Virgin airlines are capping the cost of tickets for Tiger passengers to a maximum of $100. This is a blessing for the many stranded passengers and holiday makers.
I am writing this article as Greg and I sit on our Jetstar flight from Hobart to Coolangatta, disappointed that we will have to wait more time to see our family in Melbourne!
We are also left wondering if Tiger will ever honour their obligation to refund the many thousands of unhappy customers who trusted them with their hard-earned money for tickets.
I hope that over the coming weeks I will be able to write a quick post letting you know that Tiger did face up to their obligations and that we did receive a refund… Let’s see what happens.
As promised last time, we will have a look at our fun and interesting visit to Old Hobart Town in Richmond, Tasmania.