I am a frequent flyer out of RDU (Raleigh/Durham) Since WN started flying out of the RDU market, I have shifted most of my east coast travel away from US Air (even as a Preferred flyer) This is because your Y fares/last minute fares are far superior compared to the competition. Also, the inflight service is actually BETTER than the other so-called full service airlines due to the friendly staff and attitudes. For short haul flights that originate at RDU, the open seating works great. However, I absolutely detest the open seating int he following scenarios:
1) Tight connection times: So what if you have an A zone if the flight is already boarded
2) Flights that do not originate from your city: Ie you aren't boarding an empty plane
3) Long haul flights: People seem to be more testy with the transcon flights
4) Too many "pre-boards" and too many "carry ons"
I agree with a previous poster that certain airports seem to be worse when it comes to the cattle call. Personally, I would support assigned seating or at a very least offer it to those that unrestricted fares. Regardless of what you choose, you have essentially stolen my east coast flying away from the other carriers.
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