Last Minute Air Travel

Last Minute

Last Minute Air Travel

Last minute air travel leads leads to fewer seat options and, typically, higher air fare costs. Almost 1 out of 5 online searches for air travel were for last minute air travel during the 3rd quarter of 2015, according to a recent report.

Last Minute Air Travel Defined

“Last minute” in this context is defined as travel departing within 7 days from the date of booking. Not surprisingly, due to the sometimes uncertain timing for business, business travelers comprise the majority of business travelers. For example, through the first two quarters of 2015, 56% and 73% of all last minute air travel bookings were made by business travelers.

In addition, last minute air travel is primarily made for solo travelers. During the 3rd quarter of 2015, searches for last minute air travel for solo travelers comprised the majority of searches by region: North America (72%); Latin America (71%); Europe (68%); Middle East (75%); and Asia-Pacific (75%).

Last Minute Air Travel Frequency

During the 3rd quarter of 2015, 19% of online searches for airfare in North America were for last minute air travel.  This was higher than the level for the 1st and 2nd quarter, which was 16% and 15%, respectively. [···]

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Survey on Airline Seat Swaps

Seat Swaps

Crowded Flights

Airline seat swaps occur regularly during commercial air travel. Air travelers are willing to pay or be paid to swap seats with other travelers, according to survey results released today. Air travelers sitting in a less desirable seat are willing to pay other travelers to swap for a more desirable seat. Similarly, in return for receiving payment, air travelers are willing to swap from a more desirable seat to a less desirable seat.

Airline Seat Swaps: Survey Overview

Presented below is an overview of the survey on airline seat swaps.

Survey Respondents

Seateroo hired SurveyMonkey to survey U.S. residents aged 18 to 65 years old who are mobile device users and had traveled via commercial airline at least 3 times during the previous 6 months. SurveyMonkey gathered responses from 401 respondents meeting the above criteria during the week of November 15-19, 2015. The margin for error based upon this sample size is +/- 5%.

Survey Design

Based upon prior studies related to air traveler preferences and complaints, we made certain underlying assumptions regarding the types of airline seats and situations that air travelers consider to be either more desirable or less desirable, respectively. Specifically, the airline seat swaps survey included the following assumptions:

  • Aisle and window seats are more desirable than middle seats;
  • Seats closer to the front are more desirable than seats towards the back;
  • Seats closer to family, friends, or colleagues are more desirable than seats next to strangers;
  • Seats in a premium seating section (i.e., business or first class) are more desirable than economy seats; and
  • Seats near quiet passengers are more desirable than seats near crying children, loud talkers, or other potentially annoying air travelers.


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Airplane Etiquette 2015 Study

Rear seat-kickers are the most annoying passengers in America, according to an Expedia study published on November 10, 2015.



Airplane Etiquette Study

Expedia’s airplane etiquette survey was based upon questions posed to 1,000 U.S. adults during August 2015. Expedia previously conducted a similar study during 2014. In addition to generating a list of the top complaints related to air passenger behavior, the study also revealed the actions taken (and not taken) by passengers in reaction to annoying passenger behavior. Lastly, the study provided insight into air passengers preferred level of interaction with fellow passengers.

Most Annoying Air Passenger Behavior

For the second year in a row, rear seat-kicker ranked as the most annoying air passenger behavior. The annoying behaviors were ranked in terms of the frequency of being named by the survey respondents. Below is the list of annoying behaviors and frequency the behavior was mentioned in the survey. [···]

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Middle Seats: Study Reveals People Hate Them

Middle Seats

3M Study on Middle Seats

Common sense dictates that air passengers do not like to sit in middle seats. A study by commercial products behemoth 3M proves it!

Study on Middle Seats

With the help of Global Strategy Group, the 3M study highlighted the degree U.S. air passengers disliked sitting in a middle seat. The study revealed that 1% of passengers preferred to sit in a middle seat. Survey results included the following:

  • 56% would rather be stuck in traffic than sit in a middle seat;
  • 56% would rather go on a blind date than sit in a middle seat;
  • 50% would rather take an aisle seat being offered on the next available flight rather than sit in a middle seat;
  • 20% would stay overnight at an airport hotel for an aisle seat on the first flight the next morning rather than sit in a middle seat; and
  • 9% would simply refuse to sit in a middle seat on a flight longer than two hours.


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Airline Ancillary Revenues: Up, Up, and Away!

airlines ancillary revenues

bag fees and more

Frequent air travelers are well aware that airlines have increased the types of fees charged above and beyond the base air fare. Such fees may not only include fees related to checked and carry-on baggage, but also seat selection fees, food and beverage fees, Wi-Fi, etc. Referred to as airline ancillary revenues, IdeaWorksCompany defines airlines ancillary revenues as follows: Revenue beyond the sale of tickets that is generated by direct sales to passengers, or indirectly as part of the travel experience. Airline ancillary revenues have exploded since 2007 and have become increasingly important to the overall profitability of the commercial airline industry. [···]

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Passenger Load Factors Explained

passenger load factors

crowded airplane

Does it seem like commercial flights are becoming more and more crowded? Based upon published industry data, commercial flights are indeed more crowded than ever.

Recent Passenger Load Factors

Capacity utilization in the airline industry is measured by “passenger load factor”, or simply “load factor”, which is revenue passenger miles divided by passenger seat miles. For U.S. airlines, the passenger load factor for 2014 was 84.6% for domestic flights, 81.1% for international flights, and 83.5% overall.[1] For 2014, the load factors for selected U.S. airlines are listed below.[2] [···]

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