Join us for episode 39 of the Upgrd Podcast, as we’re joined by listener David. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it (darn redeye got in the way!) and I’m having a hard time listening to even the first ten minutes of this (at which point I gave up from banging my head against my desk).
Here’s a thought, Hunter — three cabin planes aren’t just there to actually be sold as first class. US airlines are behind “premium” foreign carriers in almost every respect. One of the main reasons for three cabin first is to incentivize flyers to pay full fare business fares and upgrade. United would be happy if someone paid $12,000 for business class to Singapore and upgraded to first, while they may have otherwise flown a higher quality airline like Singapore Airlines in business class. So in many respects it’s first class on US airlines vs. business class on airlines like Cathay Pacific, Singapore, etc.
Of course I would never expect Hunter to understand that. Oh, and sorry Hunter, but trying to use fancy “consulting” terms (out of context no less) doesn’t help your case.
Either way, David did a good job….