A while back I wrote a post with some suggestions for what I considered must-follow rules for airline travel. (You can read those here.)
Recently I was flying again and thought of a couple more suggestions…this time for the airlines.
You see, when I was checking-in online for my flight, I noticed all of these upgrades the airline tried to sell me.
- $30 for preferred seating.
- $9.99 for wifi.
- $35 if I pair preferred seating with wifi. (Savings!)
- $25 for bonus frequent flyer miles.
- $20 for priority boarding.
Wait, $20 for priority boarding?
I’m not sure why I would need that. Isn’t there assigned seats? I’m in 9B. Is someone going to race me to 9B? If so, I need to know that up front. I plan on wearing different shoes!
$20 to hop on the plane five minutes sooner?
Well, I wasn’t interested in that, but it did give me the idea for an airline upgrade that can’t miss!
What about priority de-boarding?
I mean, when I’m buried in the back of the plane and I only have 20 minutes to make my connection…that’s when I could use priority! That’s when I need a “fast pass!” That’s when I need to take a ride on the Reading Railroad! That is something I would pay for!
Especially if I’m stuck in 32F…up against the bathroom. I need to get out of there as quickly as possible!
So there’s my suggestion Mr. and Mrs. Airline. Priority de-boarding.
Oh, and this plane I was on recently…the flight attendant offered me some peanuts. I asked if he had any of those delicious cookies. “No, just peanuts,” he said. The flight is too short.”
Too short? The flight was an hour long.
Now, I’m not the Cookie Monster or anything, but I promise you it doesn’t take me an hour to eat two (or four, or six) of those cookies.
Suggestion number 2: There should always be cookies.
How about you? Would you pay for priority de-boarding? Do you feel the same way I do about those cookies? Do you have any funny airline stories to share?