AA Allowing Non-Elites to Buy Exit Row within 24 Hours of Flight

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  1. DestinationDavid
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    Seen making the rounds on the web, first via JonNYC on TB (LINK), and consequently chatter starting up on TOBB. I did a dummy booking for an AM flight for tomorrow to confirm:

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    As you can see, exit row available for purchase. $19 for ORD-DFW.

    Doesn't really effect me as a leisure traveler, but for last minute purchases or elites who like to grab seats at the last minute after upgrades clear, this might change the game a bit.
     
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    Deleted for being stoopid, but can't really delete from mobile
     
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    Booooo!
     
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    "Dislike!" ... not DestinationDavid, but AA's practice in this matter. :confused:
     
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    It was funny having the checkin machines offer me preferred seating for $9.....

    seems like AA is trying to make a buck anywhere they can.... a few bucks at a time....
     
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    If you want Boo... AA's baggage policy is another big Booo area... get charged for every friggen bag if you are a non elite... :mad:
     
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    I am ok with that as there are plenty of cargo space. Non-elites can pay for whatever they want to checked in their luggage and that's not going to affect the free checked bags of the elites. But there are only limited number of exit row per flight.
     
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    you are OK for bag fees for the 1st bag...?????? :mad:
     
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    absolutely it's just a a la carte pricing practice. alternatively they can just add that as part of their ticket price, what would you prefer?

    And not to mention this give elites more benefits :p
     
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    Booooooo to you then!!!!!!

    :mad:
     
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    The a la carte pricing concept is a joke.... if you think that bag fees mean the airlines have stripped that component out then you believe in fairytales... bag fees are just another incremental revenue opportunity.

    Competition and not separation of bag fees is what has driven prices to where they are.
     
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    I think there's a middle ground between what you and JALPak are talking about. Clearly the removal of bag fees from the price of the ticket didn't drive prices to where they currently are, but the removal of bag fees is PART of the competition after deregulation that drove tickets to where they are. Same with the size of coach seats, meals, etc. It's all related, and it's all about how to sell things to people and how to make the most money while doing it.

    No one is going to sum up the problems and history of airline pricing/fees among legacy carriers in a MP post. It's too complex and multi-faceted.
     
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    I see nothing wrong with taking up any incremental opportunity as long as they aren't devaluing elite benefits that much. Airlines are business not charity, they should be able to price their products the way they want. And as a consumer, we all can vote with our money. If you don't like their a la carte pricing practice just don't fly them. Same thing if they start devaluing elite benefits too much, elites will reconsider where their loyalty belongs.
     
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    Elite benefits are already devalued.....
     
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    too much is the keyword
     
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