What to Know Now
Frequent travelers and those fastidious about upgrade inventory have long used a tool called ExpertFlyer to figure out how many open (and often upgradeable) business class seats are available on any particular flight. It’s a good way to check inventory and build a case before spending thirty minutes on the phone — time well spent for the busy business traveler.
ExpertFlyer’s availability, however, has recently been shrinking thanks to some tight restrictions imposed by the airlines. First United blocked their upgrade inventory from being displayed in October of 2013 — now Delta is requesting that all of their inventory be removed from the service.
Why the surliness? Probably because airlines want sole ownership over access to their inventory. Sharing the data never really did much harm though; conversely it helped travelers save ticketing agents time by aiding in the research process. I guess the load will now fall to the zillions of angry customers waiting on hold.
Nine months after the merger between American and US Airways, one of the biggest potential issues is moving along suspiciously smoothly. Labor unions on both sides are inching closer to integration, a feat that normally can take many years and dollars. Faster integration means a faster return to smoother operations and profitability, and if the airlines can pull this off quickly, the consumers will benefit.
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