Inside American Airlines: A Week In the Life on CNBC

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  1. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    I'm in the middle of watching this as it's recording. It's pretty good so far.

    See http://www.aweekinthelife.cnbc.com/main.html for a description.

    It'll be on again in 1.5 hours and again on 11/23.
     
  2. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    Saw it a week or so when it first aired. Fairly interesting.
     
  3. tetspa

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    Robert Crandell is the anti-christ as far as I'm concerned. Did you catch the way he defends his screwball price-gouging scheme for airline seats? "Different seats have different value to different people given their circumstances"...well, the guy selling generators during Katrina could argue the same thing, couldn't he?

    I guess Crandell's other idea would be when someone calls and asks how much for a ticket from X to Y, the agent should reply "depends...how much is it worth to you?"
     
  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    But that's just the way all airlines price tickets. American even tried a simplified pricing structure a while back and stopped doing it because other airlines didn't go along with it.
     
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    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    For those who care, this documentary is going to be rerun on CNBC on Christmas.
     
  7. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    In a round about way, that's the way new cars are sold. And houses.

    And websites like priceline.com let the airlines do *exactly* this.
     
  8. EchoBravo

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    What he said.

    It's the spoiled fruit theory. A store would rather give you 75% off of oranges that are going to go bad soon than have them rot on the shelves. Same with an airline seat. If somebody pays a ridiculously low fare, that's still (somewhat) better than the same seat flying empty. Airlines operate on such thin margins, they have to carefully manage their yields or they'd all go ban... Er, nevermind. ;)

    The hospitality industry is priced the same way. Obviously a seat or room is more valuable to someone who finds out they need it at the last minute than to someone who had the forethought and ability to book 30 days out. It's common sense, really.

    The hurricane generator reference is just silly.
     
  9. Legion

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    Well said.
     
  10. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    For those who care, this documentary will be rerun on Monday 1/15.
     
  11. cwerdna

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    It's being rerun again on 7/5. For those who have nothing to watch, this just might fit the bill. :D
     
  12. Steveknj

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    cwerdna, you SURE you aren't connect to CNBC in some way? all shows you recommend seem to be on CNBC LOL
     
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    In your world there wouldn't have been enough generators to go around to those who _really_ needed them. Instead every yahoo who thought they needed them gobbled them up at low protected prices...inventory was non-existent to those who really needed the generators. Except in a few rare cases, price gouging is just some topic du joir that politicians throw out in the media to make it look like they are doing something.
     
  14. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    I have no affiliation other than I'm a watcher of some of their shows, esp. Mad Money. I just happened to notice shows that I liked were being rerun while going thru the EPG over the weekend.

    I'm not a big watcher of the Big 3 (to 5) major TV networks, esp. fiction on those networks.
     
  15. Steveknj

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    It just seems weird to recommend 3 and 4 year old shows, and only ones that play on CNBC. No sweat, just seems odd.
     
  16. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    It's going to be on again. :) It looks like it'll be rerun on 9/8.
     

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