|Quoting blueflyer (Reply 10):|
My point is, I know by experience the usual rules for coach (everyone wants exit or front rows) do not necessarily apply for business. Blocking off a few rows for last-minute elite travelers is going to piss off other last-minute elite travelers whose favorite rows are taken up by early bookings who didn't have access to the blocked rows. I think it is disgraceful of BA to charge for seat selection, especially £50, it is cheap money-grabbing at its best, but if their purpose is to please last-minute bookings, then the entire cabin must be open to them, not a few rows.
I tend to agree. with LH
in coach i.e. the first 10-20 Rows are available only for Full fare tickets or gold Status holders (or higher). Obvisouly, those may also choose other seats in the cabin, if they wish.
could do the same in business class, too... They want to earn more money. Sure quite a few passengers paying 3000 EUR will also pay 3050 EUR, that's it. It's not about status guests or having the best seats available for them for last minute bookings. These seats could be taken with people that paid 50 EUR or so for it. If they really would like to have seats available (i.e. seating together), they would block some off and not sell them at 50 EUR. that said, I am sure BA
is happy to sell the whole seats of a cabin at 50 EUR each to non status holders (although I agree that is pretty unrealisitc, but theoretically possible). I also agree as said by blueflyer, that by blocking seats for status guests, some will not necessarily be those that will meet all individual preferences, but they could try to block a few 2-seaters, and seats that are "generally" preferred. I mean when LH
blocks off the 20 first rows in coach ,that isn't not necessarily those were all frequent flyers would like to seat, but for last minute bookings, frequent flyer could at least get seats for selection, and would have a wide choice between windows, aisles, bulkheads, and sitting a couple together etc...
In my opinion the only valid reason for BA
charging money for seat selection is additional revenue, which I admit is fair, but it's for sure not to give benefits to their frequent flyer (this is rather good marketing: "Oh you are exempt of paying for your seat selection"). Some airlines get even worse, i.e. airberlin, which offers "discount" on seat selection for certains seat for their top status members in coach
But hey, this is business class after all. You get tons of amenities in business class, so why would you charge for a seat selection, it seems so wrong
Maybe you should be charged 1% of the fare to get miles credited, like the car rental companies in the US do
I am sure people would buy it iif all airlines do that