Real Class warfare

Actually this has been reported since March of 2016, but it seems that the real deal is finally coming to fruition. What’s that?

The notorious “Basic Economy” class. Click here for a very hilarious comic.

While the limelight had been soaked up by United airlines some time back, the other big 3 (American, Delta and US Air) had been mulling this step for what we thought was the longest of time. Update: AA, United and Delta are now all onboard this new travel class… Many in blogosphere has been highly critical. Honestly we do not think this is really innovative. We are frequent users of Singapore airlines and we are still baffled by the myriad of booking classes on their tickets! In case you are interested, click on this link. What we are trying to say is this : even in economy class, there can be differentiated booking levels that determine how much miles you earn, or do not!

Some though point out that this time IT IS DIFFERENT, for “Basic Economy” is where we quote “gets rid of seat assignments and elite-qualifying miles, forbids paid upgrades and flight changes, and bans overhead carry-on bags“. You are said to only know where you sit when you check in. Perhaps you might end up in the cockpit in the spare third seat behind the pilot. Beats sitting on the wing any day!

Perhaps it’s time to give a better name to the different classes of flying. Some random thoughts,

First class Airline royalty? Hmmm.. or perhaps
Business class La Dolce Vita (or the ‘entitled class’?)
Premium Economy Plebian wannabes
(5354 in the Singaporean context)
Economy Cattle class (yeah we have little imagination)
Basic Economy Les Miserables?

Perhaps someday this boarding announcement will be heard:

We are pleased to invite your majesties to saunter aboard our aircraft.  Passengers enjoying La dolce vita may follow behind our airline royals at your own convenience. You will both have a special lane, where you can wave to the plebian wannabes who are waiting while we prepare to herd the cattle in. And les miserables you will be called as soon as we can depart. Rest assured we’ll find you a middle seat, because that’s all we’ll have left. Thank you for flying with snobbish airlines, a member of arrogant alliance“.

Do you have suggestions on the names of the travel classes? If so, will you share them?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

14 thoughts on “Real Class warfare”

  1. ohhhh… I never traveled first class or business class ( so far) only economy. the photo you show is cool. I wish I could feel at home while traveling especially on long flights. I mean sleeping and arrive fresh to enjoy my travel. I really cannot think of any great names but there what I could suggest: Extraordinary flight adventure/ Multi-tasking flyers/ Normal but nice/ Sardine box..!!!

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    1. LOL. Sardine box sounds fine indeed. Epecially if one gets the dreaded middle seat!
      We do chalk up as much miles on the the credit cards (2 only) to redeem flights and once on first class. It is indeed a different level of treatment from the airlines!

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    1. Thank you! We thought about it…because we took a Suites on Singapore Airlines once and it was really a “we vs them” thing….people were looking at us (in the first class queue) like some kind of special animals…lol

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        1. Unfortunately it still does no matter how much the die-hard romantics will rail against it. Money talks. It may not buy everything, but it still does buy a lot more than we care to admit!

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  2. This is funny! Haha Les Miserables class, definitely won’t be booking that one!! My jetlag is the blame for my current lack of imagination but if I can think of some new clever names, I’ll be sure to share them on here! Lol

    – Jess

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    1. LOL. Now you rest. All that beautiful water and food is overwhelming you we’re sure, leading you not to recover from jetlag. Plus with family, where can you have time for jetlag! lol

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