Lets face it, flying (assuming it was fun at one time) isn’t that fun anymore. My wife and I just returned from a vacation in the Caribbean on American Airlines. The flights were packed to capacity. We were offered complimentary drinks, but no peanuts or party mix. We were stuck with $300 in change fees for coming home a day early.
In short: charges are up and rewards are down.
So, now that we have entered the era of ‘micro charges,’ I brainstormed a few ideas for ‘micro perks’ that the airlines could offer their most loyal customers. I’ll leave it up to the airlines to determine how many miles (or how much money) it will take to qualify:
1. The seat in front of you cannot recline (at least until the plane reaches altitude)
2. Ability to use the first class restroom
3. Getting the ‘full can’ of soda
4. Ensuring the person next to you fits comfortably in their own seat
5. Volume control for the safety announcement on take off (or a seat farther away from the speaker)
6. Reserved room for your one carry on bag in the overhead bin directly above your seat
7. Seating in a row that is not full (not including the last row)
8. Unlimited party mix!