American Airlines Borrows Ryanair Fee Tactics – – Consumers Should Expect More To Come
American’s recent implementation of checked baggage fees, which appear to have been accepted by passengers, will likely generate annual revenue in excess of $458 million.
Believe It Or Not – Frequent Flier Seats are Truly Available – New Research by IdeaWorks
Even during the peak travel season of summer, reward seats for a family of 4 were available in top markets more than 46% of the time.
Airlines All Over the Globe Seek Ancillary Revenue Nirvana – – A Guide to this $2.45 Billion Business
132-page manual is filled with lessons from a la carte pricing leaders Ryanair, Air Canada, SkyEurope, Delta, Jetstar, and Spirit Airlines.
Buckle Your Seat Belts – Airline Executives Predict More Fees and Plan to Sell More Services via Their Web Sites
63% of airline executives in a worldwide survey say charging fees for services – – instead of including benefits in the price of a ticket – – will become more prevalent.
The Great Branding Debate: Is airline branding a waste of money and do airlines really care?
91% of airline executives in a worldwide survey say the power of an airline’s brand can attract more customers, but 56% admit funding for branding initiatives is a problem.
IdeaWorks Reports: Rating Budget Hotel Credit Cards, and Comparing AirTran and Midwest on Reward Payback
IdeaWorks rates the Choices Privileges Visa card as offering the largest payback, and AirTran A+ Rewards as the fastest way to a free reward ticket.
New York – Los Angeles is the Top Market for Frequent Flier Reward Travel in the United States
IdeaWorks releases report listing the top 15 market choices for standard frequent flier rewards on the mainland routes of U.S. airlines.
Stormy Weather: Frequent Flier Executives Are Concerned About Reward Availability and Other Consumer Issues
In a recent survey of frequent flier program management, 66% recognize seat availability is “too limited” at the lowest reward level.
Allegiant Air Declares its Ancillary Revenue Manifesto
Allegiant Air’s recent stock prospectus reveals it is changing the business model for US low cost carriers.