MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 18292 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5699 times:
Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 4): It keeps people from finding $1000 Y class fares that drive them off flying you again even when your normal price on most of the routes they fly is very low.
But there's no such thing. Either you pay the fare or you don't, and that $1000 walk up fare is not meant for the person that is offended by it--it's meant for the non-price sensitive traveler that has to buy it. I don't know who came up with the idea that a high fare has some sort of negative halo effect on travelers. It's so nonsensical.
XT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3469 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5642 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 6): But there's no such thing. Either you pay the fare or you don't, and that $1000 walk up fare is not meant for the person that is offended by it--it's meant for the non-price sensitive traveler that has to buy it. I don't know who came up with the idea that a high fare has some sort of negative halo effect on travelers. It's so nonsensical.
you say this, but if you have been here any time at all, you will see plenty of people burning airlines at the stake for a $1000 fare when its normaly well under $500.
I don't know who you are trying to convince, but most people I know only have to have a stupidly priced fare pop up once or twice before they just stop looking at that airline.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5591 times:
Quoting Rdwelch (Reply 7): OPNLguy, just pawn in game of dispatch, but he like Sheriff Bart!!!!
Aw, shucks, OPNLguy straight!
Quoting TxAgKuwait (Reply 9): After all, Southwest's original president (and the man who built a system so sound Herb coudln't screw it up) was named after Hedley Lamarr.
Hey, it's 1872, you can sue her..
My favorite line in the whole movie is when the preacher is admonishing the pissed-off town folks not to be too hasty and as he's waving his Bible in the air one of the town folks shoots a fist-size hole through it, whereupon the preacher says to Bart, "Son, you're on your own..."
Rdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5424 times:
Quoting TxAgKuwait (Reply 9): Not to mention a lot of the original "hostesses" (later 'Flight Attendants') looked a lot like Lillie Von Shtupp.
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 10): My favorite line in the whole movie is when the preacher is admonishing the pissed-off town folks not to be too hasty and as he's waving his Bible in the air one of the town folks shoots a fist-size hole through it, whereupon the preacher says to Bart, "Son, you're on your own..."
Sort of like today's airline industry...
With share holder meetings being led by Gabby Johnson.....
"I was hired here, I work here, and dad gummit, I'm gonna retire here. And no sidewindin', bushwackin' frikerfrakin' is gonna merge/aquire/liquidate me from here!!!"
Ah...the classics with a modern twist. Love you guys
Nobody, but after Ted, fare caps has to be one of the dumbest ideas I've seen in the industry. If someone were to come up with a cogent argument why having a high fare is a bad thing or a deterrent to people buying low fares when they are available I'd love to hear it.
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5271 times:
Quote: Nobody, but after Ted, fare caps has to be one of the dumbest ideas I've seen in the industry. If someone were to come up with a cogent argument why having a high fare is a bad thing or a deterrent to people buying low fares when they are available I'd love to hear it.
I could argue that charging people different prices for the same product based solely upon the time of purchase is discriminatory, but you would counter that the product is not the same....that people buying at the last minute are paying extra for the convenience of being able to avoid planning.
Still, it would suck being the guy who paid $899 one way when the person sitting next to you paid $79.
In the perfect world, airlines would toss all these advance purchase fares in to the blue water of that aluminum toilet and price their product like WalMart prices a 12 pack of Coca-Cola. One standard fare....maybe with some special fares for seniors, youth, and military. But none of these $99 to $1200 swings you see nowadays.
The biggest problem with the advance purchase fare is that it is contrary to the real value of the seat being sold. Four or five months before the flight....that seat is worth quite a bit. There's no telling how much you might get for it if you wait to sell it, but Noooooooooo....Airlines will darned near give the thing away four months out.
As you get closer and closer to flight time, the seat devalues.....because your chances of selling it become less and less. Finally, at the moment the door is closed and the aircraft is pushed back, the empty seat becomes absolutely valueless.
I call this the Spoiled Banana corollary. Most of you are too young to remember when grocery stores closed on Sundays....but in my somewhat wayward childhood they did.
As a result, if you went in to the grocery on Saturday afternoon late, right before the store closed....you would find all the almost-ready-to-throw-out produce marked down to unbelievably low prices. My parents had some acquaintances who would do the bulk of their shopping late Saturday, and their kitchen always smelled of overripe bananas, purchased for a nickel a pound.
Thus the airline seat declines in value, rather than appreciating....up until the time the door closes at which time it becomes a spoiled banana.
But there are few good ways to make seats cheaper and cheaper until departure...because folks would postpone making travel decisions and it would make schedule planning difficult and airlines would probably offer real cheap standby fares thus people would book false reservations under assumed names, then go out to the airport to stand by and reap a cheap fare when the fictitious people failed to show.
No, the best way to do things would be for airlines to figure out what it costs them to provide the service, and set their fares at some point higher than this.....hopefully at a level low enough to generate enough passengers buying said fares to manage to make a profit.
It would not be as ugly as some people think. American has a CASM of 13.69 cents. It is roughly 2470 miles from NYC to El Lay. That means it is costing AA $338 to fly a seat across there. You figure a 65% load factor, and American breaks even with a one way fare of $520.
Yes, Southwest has lower costs and yes, they would probably choose to charge a lower price. With their costs, it would cost them $242 per seat ISP-LAX. Knowing how they preferred a peak/off peak pricing system back in those thrilling days of yesteryear before Crandall went voila' and gave the industry the "SuperSaver" fare.....they would set their daytime price to break even at about a 55% LF ($ 440 ow) and their evening/weekend economy flight price to break even at 80% (which gives you a ow fare of $300).
If the government wanted to regulate things.....telling airlines how much to charge is not the way to go. Instead, a much better solution would be to force the airlines to swallow the bitter pill by dictating that they must set their fares at a level sufficient to break even if the flight was full. That would eliminate a lot of these "loss leader" "Bait & switch" "Predatory Pricing" fares.
Once upon a time airlines were able to publish their fares in their flight schedule because they (A) weren't ashamed of them and (B) they didn't change based upon the phase of the moon, the tides, or whether or not the Airline president;s wife had a headache the previous evening.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13420 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4979 times:
There have been several news stories that broke yesterday that the LCC's like WN are raising their top fares on all routes and aiming for more business travelers. WN will no longer have a Nationwide $299 cap on any flight but they will not be charging the checked bag, or other fees, still offer frequent service and still offer free beverages and snacks. One news report I read said that the highest fares will not have change of reservation fees and the like aimed for the business traveler. Still their highest fares will be significantly cheaper the majors highest ones. This change in top fare policies by the LCC's means the legacy airlines will also be to raise their top and other fares. That may explain the airline stock price raises yesterday.
CuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4865 times:
It's sad, I really liked the concept of the capped fare, and thought everyone should do that.
My view is: stop selling JFK-SFO one way for $79 and then stop selling it for $1,000, it really annoys people.
Above all it really made sense for low cost carriers, it was a strong argument to differentiate them.
I never flew Southwest, it's impractical from NY, but when I fly JetBlue, it is because they are $300 less than Continental, I don't care about DirecTV and free snacks this much, particularly if I'll end up in FLL when I'm going to MIA...
Logos From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 798 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4598 times:
Here's a link to the Bloomberg.com article that Drudge is now referencing. Sounds like an increase in the cap, not its complete elimination for now. Also discusses jetBlue's toying with First (or premium) Class, which is being discussed in another thread.
It doesn't annoy the people that count on having that least seat available for them to buy, and that's all that matters. 99.99% of the time those high fares never see the light of day anyway. LGAMCO probably has a $1000 walk up on some carriers but how often do you think anyone has to pay that? Especially when B6 probably has a walk up that is half that....
FrmrCAPCADET From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1824 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4081 times:
When facts change intelligent people (inc. the odd airline or two) change their mind. What was to be expected is that SW and Jetblue have adjusted fares upward following their normal straight forward way of pricing from previous years. The NYT's article noticed that the passengers considered it an non-event.
Buffet: the airline business...has eaten up capital...like..no other (business)
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6997 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3917 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 6): Either you pay the fare or you don't, and that $1000 walk up fare is not meant for the person that is offended by it--it's meant for the non-price sensitive traveler that has to buy it.
Except that the "non-price sensitive traveler" may not be the type of person for whom price typically is no object, but may be, for example, a person traveling due to a family medical emergency or death of a close relative. Or she may be a small business owner who watches all her expenses very closely but had to make a business trip on short notice. For these people, the oh-my-God-it's-how-much? walk-up fares have the tendency to destroy goodwill.
You probably could have sold bags of ice in New Orleans after Katrina for $20 apiece, but would it have been appropriate to do so? When the public thinks of drug companies, do they think of the often-miraculous things their products do or do they think of how exorbitant the pricing for brand-name prescriptions can be?
Part of WN's business niche is the price-sensitive business traveler -- the type of person who might take that last-minute trip if the airfare is priced reasonably. Or a couple in Houston who might take a spur-of-the-moment trip to New Orleans for the weekend (and fly instead of drive because the ticket wasn't $500 each way).
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 12): If someone were to come up with a cogent argument why having a high fare is a bad thing
Simply stated: it damages the airline's reputation. Southwest has a good reputation with the public in part because people have come to expect that Southwest won't have nosebleed fares, even if they aren't always the cheapest. It's like shopping at Costco -- it's not always the cheapest, but you know the price will be fair and the quality will be good.
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 20): It doesn't annoy the people that count on having that least seat available for them to buy
Selling the last seat on the plane for $1,000 or even $10,000 doesn't necessarily mean it will be available if someone else already bought it.