I’m literally shaking mad about this right now, I’ll spare you the details but THREE of my wife and I’s requests for seats were denied by the articles of clothing deemed more human than I to which the attendant simply stated that SWA “has no policy against it” and asked me to move on. I want to turn this around and explain how this hurts SWA. I have a party of 4 traveling together and paid early bird for each, so say $60 total. I would have been better off booking one business select ticket at a cost of, say $40, and saved the other seats. This results in a 33% reduction in revenue from my purchase. As I said before, this happened three times to me within 5 minutes, I can only imagine what the lost revenue was on this flight alone. Additionally, I’m going to try to be as polite as possible on this one, but the “savers” appear to not be your best customers. I, a SW Premier Card holder who booked my tickets honestly and fairly, lost out on true “open seating” due to rules that are ambiguous at best. Not only does it negatively affect customers such as myself, it results in less overall upgrades because people are aware that they only need one “good” ticket, regardless of the size of their traveling party. This policy (or lack thereof) results in frequent abuse of the system by “savers”, undermines loyal and honest customers like myself and many others out there, and results in less accessorial revenue to the company.
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