Basic Economy: Caveat Emptor or Regulators Useless?

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  1. ahappyelite

    ahappyelite Silver Member

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    While even the dogs in the street knew mergers would create a Petri dish for the most amoral antisocial excess (and the cartel did not dusappoint) you would think the actions of these gangstas would shame regulators into corralling them, That the regulators and Congress have done ZILCH, shows an endemic level of cross partisan corruption. Deltas CEO snivels to Wall Street analysts to which the company is enslaved that if people 'know what basic economy is, they'll avoid it'. Hardy harr harr harr.
    https://insideflyer.com/2017/10/basic-economy-caveat-gate-service-fees/
     
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    At least the airlines clearly warn you that you are about to purchase a basic economy ticket so that you can avoid it and pay more for regular economy — but perhaps that is by design, according to this quote from the article you cited:

    “So nasty is Basic Economy that Delta chief, Glen Hauenstein, acknowledged in this week’s earnings call with industry analysts that most travelers would avoid it ‘when they see exactly what it is.’ That’s a telling statement that raises several questions about the product.”
     
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    Deliberately attacking, inconveniencing and harassing your customers places this industry squarely in the gutter. It is worse than criminal and serves to fuel people's contempt for big business and disgust with a government that has abandoned them. These passengers who this cartel attacks are partners with these gangstas subsidizing and funding every aspect of aviation to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. This reprehensible conduct shouid be returned in spades by the American public: people who do this to their customers deserve the worst.
     
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    All above posted is agreed however here is the conundrum: If you must compete with a completely deconstructed product such as Spirit which is not an equal product, just a "bare fare", you can do one of two things: Fight fire-with-fire rather than lose the bottom of the market or dilute your core product more than you already have, by using two fare tiers for mediocre vs. lousy-bare service. The legacy carriers, with the exception of WN is trying to have its cake and eat it too.

    The Nineties were great: All you had to do was fly a lot, achieve elite status (and not have to climb 4 levels), not bring too much metal to security and enjoy the ride.
     
  5. ahappyelite

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    If you know anything of the carnage that airline has caused people, the fact they are still operating is reflective of an across the board collapse in regulation and law enforcement. Of course it all started when this idea was mainstreamed and adopted by overseers: 'if you choose to fly with them they can do anything they want." What is obvious is that competitive mass transit-like all mass transit-should be and would be cut throat if it hadn't been corrupted by Wall Street. There simply would not be multi billion dollar profits there if the cartel hadn't been allowed to organize.
    Greyhound, LIRR, MARTA, Amtrak, American Airlines-that is the peer group and they are money losers all except the last which has been gifted the skyways, earning billions simply to get people from A to B.
     

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