|Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 14):|
thanks for that. You see the volume in your daily duties I presume, so do you think it would be popular with the local AA FFlyer base, or do they all time there business to not spend much time at Term A?
Well, I do know that we get a LOT of BA
/QF elite passengers (around 150-250 a day). We have AC
account holders that ask if we have a lounge.
The problem I see with AA
opening up a lounge is: What is there incentive?
Yes, it would serve a purpose for people holding AC
accounts, non-AA oneworld elites (of which gives absolutely no money additional money to AA
other than their ticket price, plus those pax are eligible for free better food and booze, meanwhile AAs own elites do not get access), people that have come into IAH
(and soon QR
) where their respective class of service on the airline that brought them to IAH
is applicable for lounge use, and I suppose people connecting onto AA
/BA International F (Flagship or not) or J (which would be about 50-100 people a day). I just do not see a revenue incentive because the only way AA
would be able to make-up from the operating cost of the lounge would be the people whom have purchased AC
accounts (or bought a one day AC
pass). That is the question: Can AA
earn a profit from operating an AC
without increasing premium fares on connecting oneworld elite and premium itineraries and from AC
account holders and day pass options?
Yes, it would be nice for the non-AA oneworld elite member, International connecting pax travelling in F or J, and people coming from/connecting to a BA
flights etc.. But its operating costs must be compensated by additional revenue to allow the facility to operate without being a burden on AA
This is why a joint AA
/BA lounge is so attractive. Although on reflection, the destinations that AA
/BA have done that, there seems to only be one (or two) BA
departures where BA
sends its 3-class (772 or 763) birds (without F) to. On reflection IAH
has two BA
lounges, a F and a Club one. So IAH
is probably too high yielding on BA
's part to have a joint lounge, and the lounges would be extraordinarily crowded during the times of a BA
departure. Although, now that you have me thinking, the former LH
lounge is right next to the BA
club lounge and it could be combined to make a larger Club lounge. That would be the only way it would work for BA
eligable F pax would just use the BA
F lounge. But my speculation is probably in vain, as we don't even operate out of TD
, so I am purely basing a presumption on another.
Short, answer no. (My fun speculation of the day)