the aerogangsteros WS downgrade: casual flier disgust?

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  1. ahappyelite

    ahappyelite Silver Member

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    The aerogangsteros new model-no competition, the ending of frequent flier programs for most ordinary people, sky high airfares, absurd fees, inconvenient schedules, Jeff Smiseks new plastic flying Greyhound, $1 thousand dollar coach fares to Europe all year round, a terrible, terrible experience even on 90 minute flights, fewer toilets, one hour boarding as everyone watches everyone else wrestle with their bags-the embarrassment of America's no choice air travel has all been premised on one thing-that if the gangsteros combine together to strangle competition, the skies will be theirs and they can bleed and discomfit those who must fly at will.
    With today's WS stock downgrade of the Big Three (which are really the Big ONE as the seat discipline and price fixing is manifest) one wonders: is the American flying public finally "too sickened to fly?" This raises interesting questions: visits to airline websites must be down precipitously as potential customers react with disgust at the high fares/poor service/no ff miles model no firmly in place. How many Americans are getting rid of second homes because of the airgangstas? How many people are becoming comfortable with not flying at all, for many months or even years at a time: how hard will it be to get back the people who loathe and despise the aircarteliers? Some would have up and flown a few years ago for three or four thousand reward miles (now they get almost none-the sociopaths at the airlines won't even count the taxes that make up the airfare). You will notice that almost none of United's weekend fares ever sell out-the fares too high and now, no ff incentive to take weekend seats off the hands of the hedge funds/airlines.
    Incredible to see the complete silence of Congress and US DOT-the airline mergers are perhaps the biggest screwing of the consumer in American history-they have gifted Wall Street tens of billions of consumer dollars in a third of a billion person nation that has three terrible, terrible airlines whose only concern is their balance sheet for last quarter.
     
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  2. jonspencer

    jonspencer Silver Member

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    your message is entertaining but you write as if you have had a few to many Red Bulls :eek:
     
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  3. daninstl

    daninstl Gold Member

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    Nice to see a fresh post with lots of information around miles and points and loyalty programs that scam as well as merge and jump people into needless tasks with little rewards of various kinds as well as kids that need to see family and friends in far away lands.
     
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    Most ordinary people NEVER benefited from frequent flyer programs. They DO benefit from inexpensive airfare - and since one way of getting the ticket prices down is to cut amenities, it's hardly surprising that airplanes today are little more than buses with wings. Blame the public for that!

    I am concerned that the recent spate of mergers may cause prices to go up more than is necessary to keep the airlines reasonably profitable, but I can also see the rise of RyanAir/EasyJet style low cost carriers occurring if the ticket prices in coach class get too out of hand. We'll have to see how things unfold.
     
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  5. Dublin_rfk

    Dublin_rfk Gold Member

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    Lets consider the date of the original posting.
     
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  6. Newscience

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    To say nothing of the state of sobriety! :eek::D:p
     
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    With vodka? ;)
     

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