Rip-off Anytime fares

Whenever the press notice the prices of anytime tickets there follows a bunch of articles where they compare a ticket bought on the day with a cheap holiday flight bought well in advance.

There's two main points -

Heathrow cuts fees on domestic flights

For the second year in a row Heathrow Airport has cut the fees charged to airlines operating domestic flights. The intention of this is to encourage airlines to start new domestic destinations in the hope to gather more support for airport expansion from these areas. Heathrow is billing the 3rd runway as a project that benefits the whole of the UK so they want to ensure there's services from all areas of the UK to Heathrow to connect to their global network of flights.

In defence of ^MS

Many media outlets, including the BBC, decided to give prominent position to a 'sexist' Tweet sent by ^MS from @Virgin_TrainsEC. The Tweet has now been deleted (mistakenly in my opinion) and at the time of writing this it's unclear whether VTEC have taken any additional action.

Going home for Christmas?

Train, plane or car? I suspect that this is one of the few times that driving might win, but as I've worked most of my life in London I've never seen the need to own a car so I can't be certain. But I can imagine there must be some pleasure sitting in your own space not having to worry about the aisles blocked with other people's luggage and worrying about space for your own.

eCommerce Strategy

This blog post is by ^DH, views my own!

One of my biggest annoyances of 2017 with Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) was their implementation of new technology. I remember speaking to David Horne at the first York VTEC Airtime event back in 2015 and he shared my enthusiasm for using technology to improve the customer experience. But if you see my Tweets now you might not believe I want things to move forward. I urge people not to use VTEC mobile tickets, I mock their attempts at innovation, it doesn't sound like someone who really wants VTEC to lead the way with technology.

Managing Loyalty

This blog post is by ^DH, views my own!

Around the end of December 2016 I was getting a number of messages from people pointing out that Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) were looking for a Loyalty Manager. Some people who suggested I apply were joking, some were serious, but after much thought I decided I'd give it a shot.

Service at its best

I've been talking about the catering lottery a lot since the shift rota changes in March. The reason being is that you had a chance that the advertised catering would not be available on your train often due to staff shortages but also sometimes due to faulty kitchen equipment or supply issues. Before the rota changes it was rare to not get the advertised catering offering and when it did happen there usually was a good reason for it.

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