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Delta Requiring Passengers to Agree to Basic Economy Restrictions Before Purchasing TicketDelta Air Lines has begun requiring passengers booking the airline’s cheapest class of service to accept the terms and conditions that accompany such a ticket’s purchase. Purchasers of Basic Economy tickets are required to click “I agree to the restrictions” as well as “Yes” in order to proceed with the purchase. ... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...
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From 1969 to 1972, before deregulation, I used to fly from Hartford (BDL) to LAX student standby on mostly empty flights, with food, for $77 each way. Fifteen years later, I picked up a brown bag of food at the airplane door as I boarded. And now that seems like a luxury. I've flown over-priced business class to Asia and have been offered a second dinner. I don't expect more than half a can of soda now when I fly now. Being charged to bring your luggage when you travel is unbelievable. I hardly look forward to flying now.
According to the CPI inflation calculator (http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl), $77 in 1969 is equivalent to $500 today. So you were paying $1,000 round trip. You can book that same itinerary for under $400 today. So you're getting less because you're paying MUCH less.
Next will be BYOB and (hold your breath) BYOTP TP stands for Toilet Paper.
BYOA (bring yer own air) or 'rent' theirs
Just for grins, I priced a flight from Memphis - Las Vegas in January for a trade show I have to attend. The cheapest Delta fare quoted on Expedia was $278.70 round trip. The Southwest fare was $275.00 round trip. But, no bag fees on SWA. That's worth up to $60.00, plus I don't have to do business with an airline that despises me and had no compunction at all about bending its customers over when it had the chance. It'll be a cold day in "you know where" before I go Delta.
Delta is apparently getting a bad rap for this, and I don't understand why. People want rock bottom fares, well guess what, that's what you're going to get...no frills, period. You want priority seating? Pay for it. Upgrades? Pay for it. Early seat assignments? Pay for it! Tired of people whining or feeling like they are entitled to something they aren't paying for while others do.