|He never changed the image on the screen...he had no slides.
He made a good point about the
number of airlines in the US now being only 3. With all flights
full and cities having been eliminated from service, prices will be
rising. Fees are going up as well, which Mrs. Frommer had
mentioned earlier in the day. Fees collected by airlines were $22
billion in 2011, $36 billion in 2012.
Which cities are served is not decided by US travelers, but by the BRIC
countries, Brazil, Russia, Indian, China. are the countries whose
people are spending most of the dollars on air travel in and out of
those countries. So, airlines set prices for those countries and
the cities in the US that they go to.
He had opinions about Air Miles also. Fifty-four percent of the
miles are earned on land purchases, not air miles purchases. Air
Miles are advertised saying that you can get a flight for 25,000 miles,
but that is seldom possible. Calculating how much you spend to
earn enough miles to get to your destination is frightening, if you
spend money just for miles.
Don't use the Internet for air reservations, call because they have a bigger inventory (more seats available).
The big growth area in under 400-miles trips is buses.
Greenberg is a Big Train Lover. He says Amtrak is terrible at
marketing. He says their greatest product is the 15-Day
Pass. (I wonder if he knows it is coach only. It is hard to
take a long Amtrak trip without an overnight train. I did read an
article where some college students did it, but they even got tired of
sleeping in coach on their trip during an Easter Break.
Air tips: choose alternative airports, routes, and days for the best fare.
To use your mileage: 1. Have your accommodations already
reserved. 2. Ship your bags ahead of time FedEx or
UPS. 3. Call and get a seat on the first flight in the day
(some future date if necessary) 4. With the correct
airlines and the correct flight number, call and change the date to the
day you want to go. If no seats, have them put you on the standby
list. If you do not make the flight, have them put you on the
standby on the second flight. You'll get there on that day.
(Hmmm, I wouldn't try this, but I wonder if shipping your bags is
cheaper than the airlines charges.)