|Quoting TrappedInMKG (reply 3):|
Business travelers don't use WN, for the most part, since they fly to piddly little airports
Your definition of "piddly little airports" would thus include LAX
, SJC, SAN, PHX, LAS, SEA, PDX, MCI, STL, BNA, BWI, BDL, PHL, PIT, MCO, TPA, FLL, PBI, JAX, MSY, HOU, DAL
, RDU, AUS, SAT, MDW, IND, CLE, and CMH, right?
Southwest is designed to be business-friendly. They offer frequent flights on short-haul routes with affordable walk-up/refundable fares -- exactly the sort of tickets that businessmen buy. You don't honestly believe that they offer 29 daily round-trips between DAL
and HOU because vacationers and "trailer-trash" demand flights every half hour, do you? 22 daily LAX
-OAK flights, 11 daily MDW-STL flights, 17 daily HOU-MSY flights, and 12 daily BWI-PVD flights are there to offer business travelers the frequency they want, because their time is valuable. Southwest sells roughly 35% of its tickets at full fare -- these are generally being bought by business travelers. And these tickets are truly Southwest's "gravy."
You may be a "plane nerd," but you sure don't have any clue as to how their business model works.
|Quoting LY4XELD (reply 4):|
there is nothing to aid a traveler needing to go from DAL-LAX, for example
There's a reason for that; they're not allowed to sell you a ticket from DAL
. When you buy two tickets to get around the Wright Amendment restrictions, you're doing it at your own risk. I'm sure they'd rather not have people doing that given the potential for a bad experience if one of your flights is late and you've built your own unpublished connection. If you don't like it, contact your Congressman to get him or her to vote to repeal the Wright Amendment. If you don't do that, you have no right to complain.