|Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 5):|
The thing is though, that VX are SELLING their F cabins out, the others are giving theirs away more often than not.
First, no, not always. Many of the "given away" Y seats are sold as FULL Y, a fare higher than VX
charges for their DISCOUNTED F seats. I know this because I've booked full Y and gotten free upgrade.
Second, on transcons, airlines are NOT giving the F (or J) seats away. For example, on CO
, the odds of a free upgrade other than the far from free "Auto Y" upgrade are just about 0% on transcons. AA
heavily restricts award travel on the transcons because the cabins are full of paying customers. UA PS
is full of paying customers, etc.
Further, if VX
is selling out F on every flight in advance, they don't have enough F seats. It's obvious to all who've flown them or tried to book them that F sells out early, and they could easily sell 4 more seats.
Now maybe, due to the pricing structure, selling 4F seats instead of 12Y seats means a loss in revenue, but if that's the case, why even have the F? Just take out the 8, add 24Y and move along.
wants to steal F traffic, but without having available seats, they won't become the "F of choice" for anyone. Now maybe they are looking to the future and shorter legs to less glamorous places, but they are starting with LAX
and those markets (connecting them at least) can support 1:10 premium ratio.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.