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?