Stadiums charge more for better seats; why shouldn't airlines?

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  1. rwoman
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    USA Today: Stadiums charge more for better seats; why shouldn't airlines?

    Ultimately, you get what you pay for...

    :)

     
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    ............even when people [ airline ] price many other people [ passengers ] out.;)
     
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    An airline isn't a public utility for gosh sakes or run for the general public benefit. Econ 101 - charge what the market will bear.
     
  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I recently went to a baseball game. The tickets we're $60/person and roughly the equivalent of the second to last row on a plane. Beer cost $9. I think I felt priced out, but the stadium was full of beer drinkers.
     
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    Ah, so you were at an Astros game then.
     
  6. Mapsmith
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    But the Stadiums do not charge more for aisle seats.
     
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    Airlines do charge more for better seats, it is called First Class/Business Class/Economy Plus, etc. As noted by Mapsmith, the charge is based on section not each individual seat.

    In addition, Stadiums provide entertainment, while airlines provide transportation. What works in one industry does not necessarily work in another, or make any sense for that matter.
     
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    Because they are the ones that EVERYONE else has to pass on their way to the beer stand, so those folks in the aisle seat face a never-ending flood of people walking/climbing past them?
     
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    Note, this topic is never discussed as "charging less for worse seats?"
     
  10. LarryInNYC

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    Although this community is dedicated to the concept of getting what you haven't paid for.
     
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    Agree 100%. I am amazed that people have trouble grasping this concept.
     
  12. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I don't disagree, though I personally prefer to look at it as getting the best deal for my money. I am not here for 4 mile award tickets (not saying that I wouldn't have booked one if I had been online, but that's just a temptation that's hard to avoid...). I am here because just learning to use the programs efficiently has helped me a lot.

    (writing this from the Hilton Vienna Executive Lounge... I had never seen the inside of one before I discovered FT six years ago)
     
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    So when can I start scalping airline tickets in front of the gate?
     
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    I am a fan of unbundled products in many instances where the pricing differences make economic sense. I think that the airlines are smart to do this. What I wonder about, though, is if a family were to buy 3 cheap seats that are separated and there are 3 E+ seats together that are available, what would happen once the cabin door is shut? How tightly would the FAs police individuals sneaking up like they do at sporting events?
    Since such things cannot happen on a full flight, I am likely to ignore it when it does happen on less full flights unless they take up the empty seat next to me...
     
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    UA already scalps TODs F seats ;)
     
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    Very true!
     
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