economic lesons of premium airline status

If you have premium status, you get better seats with more legroom.  But those seats are the most coveted so you’ll almost certainly be sitting next to an occupied middle seat.   But if you don’t have status you get worse seats (usuall near the back of the plane), but you have a better chance of not having to sit next to someone.  

Bad coach seats with an empty middle seat is BETTER THAN a good seat with a full middle seat.   So depending on when you are flying, you have to make a decision about how full the plane will be as you choose where you’d like to sit.

2 thoughts on “economic lesons of premium airline status

  1. Patricia Appelquist

    Auren, is nerd one. Only you could actually articulate the need of good and bad seats when each one can be used as a floatation device…so if no one is sitting next to you in that middle seat do you and the person sitting next to the window fight over the extra floatation device?
    Has anyone used an airline seat as a floatation device?
    Where is the Mythbusters…Auren is bored you need to try this out before he does…
    The middle seat? Seriously….

  2. mike petonic

    This post totally makes sense. Last week, I just flew from SFO to IAD and back after a couple of days. Premier Plus seating, and snagged the window seat for the redeye flight out East. Not a bad seat for a redeye since you can pretty much act like you’re spooning the inside of the fuselage and catch some sleep.
    Unfortunately, flights on both directions were 100% full. My recent (landed this morning) trip to/from SFO-SEA was the same story. 100% full. On the outbound flight, I had gotten an unexpected (and unrequested) upgrade to first, but really, domestic first isn’t anything to get too excited about. But it did allow me the room to work, whereas on most trips in coach, it’s fairly uncomfortable to do so with a 15.4″ laptop.
    But the overall trend here is that most flights are getting to be god-awful full all of the time.


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