I really enjoy open seating. it has made my life easier. that is why I choose Southwest as my carrier. I fly at least 2 times a week if not more.
I understand that some people dont like change but if making more profit is the key why dont offer semi assign seating. I thought about this long and hard every since I heard of this. I have somewhat of an answer If you Have a second.
Could the program that is being implemented have the ability to only allow half the aircraft as assigned or open seating. now how this would work is that the assigned seating will be allowed to board the aircraft as an A1 with there assigned seating this could be chargeable since they are being able to pick there seats no pun intended. I would think this could open a revenue stream the longer the flight the more could be charged or whatever Southwest determines. With this in mind the programmer would only have to make minor modifications to the current database system with only a few ODBS mods. This could be implemented in a few hours.Of course this would only be allowed for direct flights only with the people that choose to be at the gate on time. The seat will be forfieted if the customer decides to get on a different flight or the flight is cancelled. those are minor details that a few meetings could determine.
I have been a rapid rewards member since 2004 and dont plan on going anywhere If more Revenue is needed to keep your fabulous service I would have to say "Kick up the rate" I would be more than happy to pay 20-30 dollars more a ticket than to see southwest decide to forfeit service. Possibly even to stay inline with the other airlines.
I sometimes have to take other airlines to get to my destination and more time than not the assign seating is only geared for first class. all the other seats suck anyways. even next to first class.
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