It was a week full of guest posts on BNET as well.
The Good Side of Fees: Paying for Convenience – BNET Headwinds
Evan Konwiser wrote a guest post on the good side of fees.
Better Flight Status Information Isn’t Worth the Expense – BNET Headwinds
An anonymous guest-poster who used to put together flight status information argues why it’s not worth the expense of having better info.
How to Boost Airport Revenues After a Summer Slowdown – BNET Headwinds
Laura Jackson argues for airports to get creative to keep revenues up.
Registered Traveler Programs Return, but They Still Don’t Look Like Viable Businesses – BNET Headwinds
Benet Wilson guest posts about the uphill battle the relaunched registered traveler programs face.
Re: Evan’s post on fees
You know what? I happen to agree with him. For about 4 years, I used to be an elite with Northwest. One of the best perks (to me) wasn’t the free upgrades, but the ability to reserve a bulkhead or emergency row seat at time of booking. At 6’1″, that’s no small perk. While I flew on NW, I took for international flights in coach that were quite comfortable because of those bulkhead seats.
When I lost my elite status, that was the biggest perk that I missed. These days, when I travel on longer flights (transcons and international) I now look first at airlines who will let me pay a few more $ for some extra leg room. I think UA even sells E+ access for something like $300 annually, and that includes a companion.
Re: Benet’s post on clear lines. I think she’s right. I can’t imagine being a clear traveler on top of an elite traveler. I’m curious how much elite passengers travels outside of his/her primary alliance.