Over the past several years, travel has become much more accessible to the average person than it was before. You would think that due to the influx of new travelers, the travel industry would increase its standards to cater to the new crowd that is helping its bottom line. Unfortunately, that is only the case for a few companies. The majority of companies have actively diminished the quality of their offerings, creating a wider gap between their premium and lower-end services.
Now, that’s not to say that there’s not a place for creating tiered products based on price point – companies from all industries do this successfully to cater to newer clientele to expand their base. This also helps consumers as they now have access to certain experiences that they didn’t have before. However, it is now almost accepted practice in the travel industry to actually replace lower-end products with “innovations” which are actually inferior in quality than the previous product, disguised with fancy new branding.
At SkyCARD ONE, we aim to restore integrity and transparency in the travel industry. Our expert reviews will help you better understand the pros and cons of selecting a certain travel product (airline class, hotel room, travel rewards credit card) and whether or not it’s a good fit for you. In addition, to empower you to require a higher standard of service, we allow you to create an account where you can record all of your travel experiences, create your own SkyCARDs, and connect with a like-minded community.
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You might now be wondering what is a SkyCARD and how do we determine a travel product’s rating? Pretend we’re back in grade school, except you’re the teacher and the airlines, hotels, and credit card companies are the students. You follow a set of ten criteria and give them a rating from 0-10. Then, you sum them together and come up with a star rating from 1-5, based on the scale at the bottom of this page. You give these ratings after each trip you take having used that product. You can document your trip in your trips journal where you can provide the rating of the product. If you rate a product multiple times, your overall SkyCARD is the average of your ratings. Your ratings then combine with the collective ratings of all other users of SkyCARD ONE, which you can compare with expert ratings.
NOTE: During the rating process, if one of the criterion does not apply to your trip, you have an option to enter “N/A”. This will treat that section as null and void and those points will not count. For example, if you are evaluating an airline but have two criteria that do not apply, your final rating will be out of 80 instead of 100, and that will be converted into a percentage to calculate the SkyCARD.