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  •  I've flown quite a bit (5+ / 0-)

    And I have NEVER seen the conditions that bad.  Ever.  Especially on Southwest.

    Sorry your experience has been otherwise.

    •  Southwest and AirTran can both be quite good (3+ / 0-)
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      SueDe, RiveroftheWest, I love OCD

      I fly Southwest whenever I can....esp when going from San Antonio to the east coast. At least I get a decent sized plane and some decent leg room on those 737s. I can't complain...I hope Southwest keeps its business model too...no change fees (VERY nice perk even in the cheapest seats) and no checked bag fees for 2 bags per passenger (and good sized overhead bins for carry-on)

      The other US carriers though...I've had terrible flights on all of them at some point.

      But he is right about the increasing split between the commoner and the high-paying elite...especially on international flights. First Class is remarkable on some of the carriers with fold out beds, all kinds of perks, gourmet food.

      In the hotel industry, the split is getting to the point where the elite don't even want to have to deal with us commoners at all....the move at the upper levels now is for them to rent an entire building for themselves so they NEVER have to look upon the grubby masses. Luxury Villa rentals are the hottest thing for those with money. Keep those nasty peasants out of their sight!

      "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

      by blue armadillo on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:26:55 AM PDT

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      •  This is not new in the travel industry (0+ / 0-)

        The elite have always had luxury suites, luxury hotels, or private residences, and have always had private transportation (customized Pullman cars, first class sections on airplanes, chauffeured automobiles).  Yes, the first class section on Emirates is over the top, but I would be willing to bet that most of these extreme perks like beds and suites are only available on ultra-long distance flights.  

        Either way, this is nothing new.  Not even close.  The only difference is that now, thanks to news releases and magazines playing up these differences, ordinary travelers know about them.  

      •  This is nothing new, I'm afraid (0+ / 0-)

        The wealthy have always been able to rent luxury villas, fly first class, customize their own Pullman cars, have chauffeur drive limousines or buses, or rent the top floor of a good hotel.  It has been going on for almost two hundred years, so why it is suddenly seen as new is beyond me.

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