I’ll tell you what – the airline loyalty game is really working as intended, both for the airline and me. To be honest, it’s a drug, and I just fell for the ultimate trap…showing how real this drug is. Let me explain a little bit here.
My parents and sister are headed to Texas this summer for a two-week vacation, and I wanted to have the chance to visit them, even if only for a short while. Because my schedule is so jam-packed, the only thing I could make work was to leave early on a Saturday morning, and return home late on a Sunday evening. For me, that’s not necessarily crazy, though I can understand for many it’s just not worthwhile.
Because of planning, I needed to fly into San Antonio, TX and then out of Austin, TX, so, my first instinct was to fly on American, since they’re not only my preffered carrier, but also operate out of the Dallas hub, with probably frequent connections to both cities. Here’s where I fell into the trap, not even realizing it until I had everything booked. I never looked at another airline to shop compare when purchasing this ticket.
It’s interesting. Literally, I went right to AA.com, found the flights that worked for me, and I booked it, without a care in the world to try to check out United, Delta, Southwest, or another competing airline. Loyalty works, and I’m the example. As an Executive Platinum, American feeds my complimentary upgrades, free changes, and free food – and it’s those simple things, and more, that made me book a trip without realizing that I could have looked elsewhere, perhaps for a cheaper price.
To be honest, I’m not going to look at any other airlines to see if prices are lower, now that I’ve booked my ticket and the schedule and upgrade opportunities look good. But, I used to be a different person – I used to shop around feverishly for the best deal Now, I’m suckered into one airline and alliance, just because of the perks I’ll get and the status I need to maintain.
The loyalty game really works. At least on me.
Have you ever booked a ticket before without shopping around, just because you’re loyal to one airline?
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