Thinking about our needs — instead of the customer’s situation…

Hello from Paris!

I am just here at the airport, changing planes on my way to a speaking engagement in India.  And, while I was in the airport lounge, I came across a new ezine from my great friend, Mark Mayfield.  

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Mark writes, “Despite other airlines increasing profits, Frontier is down in revenue and traffic in the last quarter.  In an attempt to reverse that, they will start charging up to $100 for a carry-on bag.

Can’t imagine that not working.”

Isn’t it the truth?  The airline — and the same is true of many companies in other industries — look at their numbers, and desiring increased performance, put more on the backs of customers.

  • Seriously — up to $100 for a carry on?  I will fly someone else, just on principle!

What if — instead of creating a ridiculous fee — instead, Frontier decided to get better?  What if they chose to have better customer service, better on-time performance, friendlier employees, and better schedules?

The airline folks say that customers have spoken — they want cheap airfares.  But, customers aren’t stupid.  They know that if you’re going to charge them for a carry-on…as well as a checked bag…a cheap airfare masks a larger total price.

(By the way, in fairness, the fee is $25 if paid up front — $100 if paid at the airport — but, Frontier has also added a surcharge for tickets that are not purchased via their own, proprietary website.)

Here’s another question — what is so distinctive about Frontier that an additional charge is something we’d pay because their experience is so superior?  I can’t think of anything…can you?

Mark Mayfield has this exactly right…with tongue firmly planted in cheek, and fingers crossed, let me join him and say, too…

“Can’t imagine that not working!”