Friday, October 31, 2008

The Noose Only Tightens

Ok, fuel prices have fallen drastically. Crisis is over. So why are airlines still imposing luggage surcharges? 

In fact, last week American Airlines announced a tightening measure to add to their already grievously tightened frequent flier program: they'll no longer be awarding 500 miles minimum per flight. Short hops will accrue awards points based on actual distance.

It's one of the hallmarks of big business capitalism: as with labor concessions granted during hard times, anything given up by customers for temporary crises always winds up permanent. Whether as worker or as consumer, we the peons live within a massive, inescapable ratchet wrench.

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