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Airline companies want to offer cheaper flights, but are they worth the cost reductions?
Bottom down rates that were once exclusive to low-cost operators such as Spirit and Frontier could be available over the next few weeks from all three of the country's traditional airline companies, American, United and Delta. Some years ago, Spirit Airways consolidated its call as the "home of the naked fare" when it proclaimed itself the "home of the naked fare": a ticket with no allocation of seats, a given pocket, even a bottle of fresh soap.
A large Twitter affiliate will cost you money," it says, "so we've switched our feedback to autopilot to help you cut every penny you spend on tickets. Fronttier also offer low rates that do not require seating, onboard entertainments and check-in or pickup baggage, as well as a slightly more expensive "the works" bundle with benefits such as the ability to select your seating position and take a carry-on luggage with you.
Travellers have joined these carriers, which were attracted by tariffs such as $53 per leg between Chicago and New York on Spirit and $79 per leg between Miami and Philadelphia on Frontier. The large national carriers are not prepared to loose clients in certain market segments where the low-cost carriers operate and are introducing their own no-frills tariffs.
It was the first to take the leap of establishing'basic economy' tariffs on route it wanted to competing with low-cost airlines. Basis Economy-tickets do not require prior allocation of seats. Over the past year Delta has made a number of changes to the tariff regulations and stated that the base farm has expanded to more than 450 stores since its launch in 2012.
The other major airlines in Germany now want to do the same. United, on its January quaterly profit call, said it planned to launch an entry-level pricing program in the second half of the year that "would address the price-sensitive customer". Commenting on its three-month conference call, American Airlines said it would launch the first stage of a base economic offering in the same period.
It is too early to know how these no-frill rates will impact different kinds of travellers (I will pick this up again later this year). However, the major carriers are used to duplicating each other, suggesting that Delta's economic tariffs are the best indication of what is coming. Travellers who have to switch ticket often will have problems with such tariffs as they are not permitted to make changes voluntarily.
The limitations already introduced by Delta for such places seem to be a signal to elites: Casual recreational travellers will have to wait and see how useful the new tariffs will be. Let us assume, however, that one discovers one of these lowest tariffs at some point with a large inland airline and it is equivalent to a tariff from Spirit.
When looking at the tariff regulations and timetables does not get you any nearer to a choice and all things are still the same, think about the aircraft and the benefits. Spirit, for example, has a seat that doesn't lean back. Delta Basics Airfare is in an aircraft with reclining seating.
In this case, if the rates are approximately the same and you are not trying to earn mileage, Delta would be a good option because you would have a more convenient ride. Does economics seat without benefit become the industrial standard? It is already extending its economic tariffs on lines where it does not face competition from Spirit or other low-cost airlines.
Are such tariffs going to further water down FFPs by excluding elite upgraders? Are the large local carriers going to put pressure on their smaller rivals, jeopardising their own healthcare and thus sound competitive conditions?