n1805bn wrote:Your points are all correct. Here's the question: does Delta believe that this trade-off is sustainable?
wv399 wrote:I believe they think so since the front cabins and Comfort + are relatively full of paying passengers, and every part of Delta needs to be fully revenue generating. Delta has also been the leader among legacy carriers in making changes to the frequent flyer program. But it devalues the loyalty of Elites, and gives other carriers the chance to steal their best customers through status matches. Especially for those not hub-captive. I guess they expect AA and UA to follow their lead as they usually do. This is a revenue passenger extension of the DeltaOne "buddy pass war" started by Richard Anderson. On a flight to Paris, he found his neighbors sitting there flying on buddy passes. After that buddy pass riders were prohibited from F/J cabins. He even started a task force to root out fraudulent sales of passes and quickly fired the perpetrators.
stl07 wrote:This is the primary reason why I have not switched over from AA. Every single flight, I am guaranteed either PE or MCE (equivalent to comfort), but they upgrade the Explats to F on basically every flight
upperdeckfan wrote:n1805bn wrote:Your points are all correct. Here's the question: does Delta believe that this trade-off is sustainable?
As said, it's highly likely to see AA and UA follow this path. Once it happens, market get use to the new scenario and settles down.
My guess is that free upgrades in US legacies will become exceptional like everywhere else in the world, not a matter of if but when. If a FF wants to seat in the front, spend the miles.
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