You want to encourage people to actually pay for the first class product, and not give upgrade privleges because some company's employee is sitting in your seat on a ticket that was purchased well in advance. If the company buys the employee a loss leader coach seat and the employee wants to fly first class, make him pay the difference between his fare and the "value" first class fare. It's the revenue's stupid - you offer the company a deal they can't refuse...if the employee doesn't like it, they can always quit, but it should be the employers place to provide perks for the job...not the airlines.
Exactly. And while we're at it, there's just too much elitism at the majors, IMHO. Why should these people have to have a special check in line? Why should these people get to board first? I know the standard answer is "Because they're spending more money per year with the airline than the once or twice a year leisure traveler."
I say so what? If I'm in the checkout line at the supermarket and I've got about $40.00 worth of groceries in my cart, should the mother of four with her cart filled with $200.00 worth of groceries behind me be allowed to go ahead of me or have a special check out lane? Or maybe she should just have a special lounge that she can go to and after they've rung up the groceries, loaded up her car and driven it over to the front entrance, they can tell her what the total is, she can write the check and be on her way.
Oh but the rest of you poor slobs with less than $100.00 worth of groceries in your carts can just wait your turn in line and take your own groceries out to your own car and load them yourself and PLEASE BRING THE CART BACK when you're done!
And in her cart, amongst the groceries she has 6 boxes of generic store-brand Macaroni and Cheese that was on sale at 50 cents each. But, hey, since she's such a good customer, and shops frequently and spends a lot of money in the store, let's "upgrade" those boxes of macaroni and cheese to Kraft Velveeta Shell Macaroni and Cheese that retail for $1.89 without charging her the difference.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is sure, the frequent flier business traveler spends more money, but he gets more "travel", just like the woman at the grocery store who spends more money gets more food. The grocery stores don't give their "best customers" elite "priveleges."
2. Here's one that won't be terribly popular, but then again, what is right isn't always easy to swallow ...drastically alter the frequent flyer programs. They cannot afford to give away product - free trips to Europe for flying around the USA on dirt cheap tickets - free upgrades to First class from a loss leader fare and the like.
Limit mileage accruals based on the fare paid...21 day advance fare accrues mileage at 50%, 14 day at 75% and 7 day or less at full credit. Accrue any mileage from a "code share" partner at 50%. Accrue a paid first class fare at double.
I agree with you in theory, but then again I wouldn't be happy if Southwest did that. I just booked an AUS-DAL-AUS roundtrip for $77.00 all taxes included. That's less than the one way walkup fare for that route. Should I only get 2 credits instead of 4? If I had to be honest, I'd say yes, but I sure wouldn't like it