May 23, 2023
IdeaWorksCompany report determines the scale of activity, how fees are implemented, and how this key ancillary revenue source can be improved for airlines and consumers.
Dublin, Ireland & Shorewood, Wisconsin, 23 May 2023: The inclusion of seat fees in President Biden’s recent State of the Union address strongly suggests it is time to review the state of assigned seating fees. The $4.2 billion estimate covers the assigned seat fee revenue generated by eight key US airlines (Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, and United) for their US domestic networks in 2022.
Airlines Assign Big Revenue Priority to Seat Selection was issued today as a 15-page report. It includes the results of booking queries conducted at six US airlines to sample the range of assigned seating fees from the back of the cabin to the preferred zone in front. Methods used by American and Spirit are featured to show distinctions between global network airlines and low cost carriers. In addition, five recommendations at the conclusion of the report suggest how to improve this multibillion-dollar business for airlines and consumers:
With $4.2 billion in ancillary revenue from assigned seating alone, it’s clear that optimising this offering will ensure airlines continue to not only maximise their revenues, but also increase customer satisfaction and loyalty,” says Aileen McCormack, Chief Commercial Officer, CarTrawler. “Our technology assists our partners in understanding exactly what their customer needs and when, and providing it seamlessly in the customer journey to enable them to increase conversion.
Aileen McCormack, Chief Commercial Officer at CarTrawler.
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