Flights have come to be the most proficient and advantageous approach to travel. But, with it, come all the routes in which the aircraft business is using you to mint cash. If you travel frequently, here are a couple of things you ought to think about air travel:
1. Just to add pain to an economy flight, airlines are actually throwing in more seats, catering to the minimum legroom required. Because more passengers, more money.
Felt yourself being crammed up more than you used to on the same airline? You’re not alone. Indeed, legroom has altogether decreased since the 1970s, just to add more seats to flights. It’s called business, mate.
2. If you do not pay extra to book your choice of seat, you’ll be given the worst there is, even if better ones are available. That’s the whole scam of advance payment for better seats.
The general population who for the most part don’t pay ahead of time or book their seats are as far as anyone knows given the most noticeably bad ones, similar to the ones at the back. All a way of making you pay up a little more, now that you know how uncomfortable it can get. Not only that, you’re charged an expense in the event that you don’t save a seat ahead of time… Like what? Did you all hold up that seat for my inopportune landing?
3. Most flights overbook their seats to avoid losses from no shows. But, passengers are still charged for not showing up.
Many flights overbook their seats, meaning a single seat is booked for more than one person, just so the airline does not incur the loss of a ‘no show’, which technically is an unoccupied but paid-for ticket. However, if all the people for the booked seat turn up, one of them is then booked on another flight. We all recall the United Airlines passenger being beaten up, don’t we?
4. Many flights offer a Basic Economy flight, where carry-on baggage is charged sufficiently additional to cost more than your evidently ‘Economy class’ ticket.
Voyaging fundamental means you’ll need to pay additional for your carry-on luggage which will wind up being more costly than the ticket you purchased. Standard economy gives you a chance to have carry-on baggage, yet then you’ve paid the duty for that, haven’t you. There’s also a term for it, ‘Calculated Misery’.
5. Basic economy class also happens to be the way you’re almost shamed into buying a Standard class ticket.
It’s like being shamed into not buying the cheapest wine at a restaurant. A basic retail strategy for airline companies. The cheapest available seat will make the consumer look at an option that offers more for a slightly higher price. Add to that the image conscious misery of ‘what will those sitting next to me think?’. Money making works on a lot of things money has nothing to do with.
6. The Priority Boarding Fee and the long hold up to get into a plane can be completely dodged if only airlines avoid boarding people from the back first.
There is data that proves how if people are boarded according to the allotment of seats or even randomly from both ends, the waiting-to-board time can be reduced considerably. But then, that’s the whole strategy behind ‘priority boarding fee’, innit?