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Old Nov 10, 19, 9:46 pm
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Antarius
 
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Originally Posted by LINDEGR View Post
Which is all the more reason not to upset the apple cart. People spend on a given airline but don't receive many upgrades anymore. That means granting status "costs" the airline less and less each year with fewer and fewer upgrades (which are seats that will most likely fly empty anyway).
Doubly so when AA is failing to attract any form of yield premium at all. Which is why they operate a larger fleet and make less revenue and waaaay less money than their competition.

They need to tread carefully here. UA tried this with Smisek in 2012, banking on their network and hub captives. Needless to say, the idiot had to resort to bribery and got fired.
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