Because you live in LA. I have never met anyone who hates or refuses to fly WN unless they live in LA, and I have met tons of people there say that. It's been a long time since I've heard that and am actually surprised you would choose NK over WN.
You might wish to Google the term "anecdotal conclusion
That's an acquaintanceship that's in need of establishing
I also never heard anyone say it was over seat assignments, but it makes sense.
Pretty straightforward really:
(1) WN has a restriction that annoys the living sh!t out of me, and for which there's no guaranteed
(yeah yeah, I know, buy the higher ticket and get in their retarded lineup thing early
(2) NK doesn't.
I'd rather avoid both, as I prefer to stick with full-service Legacies; but if I had to choose, NK would be the clear winner.
Exactly. With NK (or SY, F9, G4 for that matter), you can pay your $15 or so and get your seat, but on WN even if you pay you are still in limbo about getting your preferred seat.
Not sure I would call anything that you can get on F9 or G4 (never flown the other two) for $15 a preferred seat, but if you need a seat assignment, yes, this works. Of course, we are talking another $90 r/t for my family of 3. And that is before baggage charges.
Of course the obvious followup here is:
Have you ever even tried with other given carriers?
Not yet. Just booked an AA basic economy flight for next spring. Didn't want to spend an extra $210 just to be able to select my seats from a selection of the least desirable on the plane. Was ok with it because AA's policy says they will seat a least one adult with a child on the same reservation under 15. As far as I can tell, UA and DL have no such guarantees.
it's not as if Legacy carriers go out of their way to separate jointly-booked individuals and families on Basic Economy fares.
You wouldn't know it by the way it is worded on some of their websites. They certainly try to encourage (scare?) families into paying for economy by stating how you are not guaranteed seats together.
Not only do you run essentially the same risk of not having tandem seats when last on the aircraft, but the same "would you mind switching with me so I can sit next to my child/spouse/etc" will work 99% of the time too.
I have never been close to last on the aircraft with WN, since I make sure to check in right at T-24 and I have never had to ask someone to switch. Only time I have had to ask someone to switch was when UA screwed up our seat assignments (oh that's right, despite paying for a seat assignment, it isn't guaranteed) and the gate couldn't do anything about it. They told us just to ask someone to switch on the plane. I'm not sure it is really fair to ask someone who may have paid $30-$40 to pick their seat to switch with me. He either looks like an asshole or switched to a seat he may not really want. Maybe I have just been reading too much flyertalk (yes, I know, a lot of over entitled people over there).
As we celebrate mediocrity, all the boys upstairs want to see, how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free.