Airline Puzzle
October 21, 2009 Uncategorized

Why don’t airlines generally charge less for “middle” seats than for aisle and window seats?

"2" Comments
  1. Good question. On a related note, the Buffalo Sabres started using a new variable pricing scheme last year for seats. Seats for games in high demand cost quite a bit more than seats for games with lackluster opponents. The last I read it was considered a success.

  2. Joel sends me:

    Perhaps the uncertainty of the first-come-first-serve seat selection sells more Economy Plus [1], Business and First Class seats? Another thing to think about is that airline seats are priced in such a way that a fixed number of seats are allocated for a flight and are priced in an extremely complex way that almost mimics an auction [2-6]

    [5] (slide 23 talks briefly about pricing)
    [6] (also useful for its references)

    This topic is of interest to me because some of the highest paying CS jobs in the world are in the airfare industry!

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