PatrickZ80 wrote:tjh8402 wrote:As much as we like to complain about a rollback of service on legacy carriers, there remains a difference. My mom, who typically flies on F9, NK, and G4, recently flew BE on AA and remarked at how much nicer it was. She commented on the free snacks and beverages, in seat power, and extra legroom. She said she had forgotten what legacy carriers were like. I’m not kidding.
Did she also compare the ticket price? Those free snacks and beverages, seat power and extra legroom all have to be paid for somehow. This makes legacy carriers are more expensive, there's no way around it. Of course those free snacks and beverages aren't really free, they're included in the ticket price. The legroom isn't free either, it's included in the ticket price. Subtract all those "free" things from the ticket price and you end up paying much less. Of course you're also getting less, but that's what people choose for these days.
I don’t know if she did or not. The airport she was flying out of doesn’t have any LCC service, so I don’t know if she chose that out of convenience or because the price was still competitive. Knowing her, it wasn’t that much more expensive.
Anyway, my point was more in answering OP about what the difference is between a ULCC and a legacy carrier, especially in light of the fact that with basic economy and other changes, legacy carriers are becoming more like a LCC. I thought it was interesting to hear this perspective from a ULCC passenger who was still struck by the difference.