And We Have A Winner: USAirways Just Became A Whole Lot More USeless!

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I’m in awe of what USAir has just announced. Sure, times are desperate, but there’s only so much your frequent flyers will put up with before jumping ship.

In February USAir angered its frequent flyers by eliminating the industry standard 500-mile minimum mileage accrual in a move that was only matched by equally pathetic alliance partner United (as was predicted in that posting)

Blessedly I have exactly 0 miles in my USAir mileage account-if you have any miles there the time to burn them is now!

Here is what has just been announced:

-Elimination of free beverages effective 08/01. Soda, juice, water, and coffee will now cost $2. Alcoholic beverages go from $5 to $7.

-Elimination of free checked luggage for tickets booked on or after 07/09. USAir/Star Alliance elites and their companions are exempt. 1st bag will be $15 each way, 2nd bag is $25 each way.

-Call center booking fees go from $15 to $25 (domestic) and $35 (international).

-Airport/ticket office booking fees go from $20 to $35 (domestic) and $45 (international).

-Award redemption fee effective 08/06 of $25 (domestic/Canada), $35 (Mexico/Carribean), and $50 (Hawaii/International)

-Elimination of the elite mileage bonus. Elite members on all airlines receive between a 25%-300% mileage bonus for flown miles depending on the airline and elite status. USAir is the 1st airline to eliminate this bonus.

In addition they will for all intents and purposes be eliminating their hub in Las Vegas, which joins Pittsburgh as the 2nd post-America West merger hub to close.  Let that be a lesson for anyone who believes that mergers don’t lead to the elimination of hubs…

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Ch. 7

When will Mr. Parker just do the airline industry a favor and liquidate already?