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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Jun 26, 2013.
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|| The Dumbest Fee in the Airline Business ||
Now, we know.
It is 75$ for the admin fee for a few keystrokes to a PNR.
the idea that airlines will charge you to take an earlier flight thus leaving the later flight with a chance to sell the seat is beyond reason. I have always refused to pay for that "privilege"
The airlines' defense is that they're trying to discourage business travelers from booking the last flight of the day then showing up for earlier one. This supposedly ties up lower-priced inventory on the later flights making them less competitive and forcing people who actually want/need to fly late to use competition.
The chances of an airline selling a freed-up seat on a later flight to a walk-up passenger are usually very low. The number of people willing to pay standby fee is much higher.
The fee seems worse when the carrier later must pay VDB/IDB because they are oversold on the later flight that the passenger seeking to change had originally booked.
That of course is the drawback, or just having extra seats later in the day to handle irops. There's a fine line to walk here that people tend to overlook. Free changes would certainly be a new challenge for revenue management in any case.
Or in the case of COdbaUA and SHARES, a lot of keystrokes
Not really... if you're a higher tier elite that fee is waived anyway.
Not on all airlines. As an EXP I still pay a change fee if my fare doesn't include it - officially. Unofficially, things happen.
Well the scenario referred to by the OP was US. And US does (for all elite tiers as long as the new flight is within 6 hours of the original).
UA waives the fee for Gold and above, DL waives the fee for Gold and above also.
AA just gives you the shaft
Since this was posted in General Discussion > Travel vs. the US forum, it's important to note the differences (and thanks for adding DL info!).
BTW, do UA and DL wave it or waive it? Don't you love English? Homonyms suck in that regard.
That's misleading regarding delta. We delta flyers get shafted also in many cases.
Not all business travelers are higher-level elites, and with minimum spend requirements being added to many programs, there will be more non- or low-level elite business travelers.
Instituting a fee, but waiving it as a perk for (higher-level) elites is not that uncommon. Does not negate the original rationale though.
I by cheap vacation fares, lots of time they have longer layovers that don't make sense. If I purchased the flight that I want to standby on it would have cost a lot more. For that reason I do understand why they don't want to let me on the earlier flight.
Did the author look at WN and how smart their fees are if you wan to fly early?
Oh wait, no fee, "just" an update to full fare. I tried that once and flying from ONT to the Bay Area was a lot more than $75 for the flight an hour earlier.
LOL... you know I looked at it twice thinking it didn't look right. #neededCoffee
Not even business people but general people with time. before they nuked this ability on UA I took advantage many times as the price difference between a primetime 5pm and 9pm LFOTD ORD flight on a Friday can easily be $100s
The dumbest fee I have found is.. "September 11th Security Fee"
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I remember them telling me that in LAS once, and I think that was the last time I flew WN. Back in the 90s. Coincidence?
I have always thought a smart business model would be to allow free standby to flight 1 hr before its departure if there are more than 10 seats open. What would the airline gain from it? Publicity of being a friendly airline at no cost to them.
I have always refused to pay for that "privilege"