Why Are Airline Websites So Bad at Inspiring Travel?
Airlines have a problem: They are pretty good at selling flights, but they fail again and again when it comes to inspiring travel, and selling related products, from hotels to vacation packages, and bottles of booze. Enter Jay Sorensen, a former director of marketing at Midwest Airlines, a consultant, and the president of IdeaWorksCompany, which recently published Finding the Path to Fix Airline Retail.
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Why Are Airline Websites So Bad at Inspiring Travel?
Becoming the “Amazon of Travel” Should Not Be a Goal for Airlines
CarTrawler-sponsored analysis shows airlines how to stop treating air travel as a commodity and dominate the travel planning process. It’s hard to believe we are nearing the 24th anniversary of airline websites – Alaska Airlines sold the first air travel ticket online in December 1995. Fast forward to today, airline websites still promote two core functions: transactions and information retrieval. At present, airline websites are little more than cash registers surrounded by shelves of merchandise. This report encourages airlines to move from a transaction focus to become robust retailers of travel.
Finding the Path to Fix Airline Retail
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the 24th anniversary of airline websites – Alaska Airlines sold the first air travel ticket online in December 1995. Fast forward to today, airline websites still promote two core functions: transactions and information retrieval. At present, airline websites are little more than cash registers surrounded by shelves of merchandise. This report encourages airlines to move from a transaction focus to become robust retailers of travel.
A podcast of this report has been recorded, and is available at Spotify and Google Podcasts. Click this link to listen on Spotify.
Non-ticket revenues account for more than 10 per cent of airline earnings
Airlines generated more than $55.7 billion in revenues last year selling everything but airline tickets, according to a report from B2B travel technology platform CarTrawler and ancillary revenue strategists IdeaWorksCompany. The yearbook and ancillary revenue guide included data on non-ticketed income from 76 airlines and states that such revenues have “remade the business models of the global airline industry.”
Airlines Reached 52 Billion Francs Through Additional Sales
Travelnews – Switzerland (This article was published in German)
Das Geschäftsmodell der Airlines hat sich grundlegend verändert. Zu diesem Schluss kommt die Idea Works Company nach der Untersuchung der Zusatzumsätze von 154 Fluggesellschaften weltweit. 2008 veröffentlichte das Unternehmen Idea Works Company ihr erstes CarTrawler-Jahrbuch über die ausserhalb des reinen Beförderungspreises generierten Umsätze von Fluggesellschaften. Damals wurden 23 Airlines detailliert mit ihren Zahlen aufgelistet und die Buchbarkeit von zusätzlichen Leistungen wurde als «einen jungen und fragilen Trend» eingestuft. Nun ist die Ausgabe 2019 mit Ausweisung detaillierter Zusatzumsatzzahlen von 76 Fluggesellschaften erschienen und zeigt, dass sich das Geschäftsmodell der Flugbranche massiv verändert hat.
British Airways Greatly Boosts Reward Seat Availability, and Entire Industry Shows Dramatic Improvement
The 10th annual Reward Seat Availability Survey finds Southwest, JetBlue, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines atop the rankings. The IdeaWorksCompany Reward Seat Availability Survey answers the question, “How easy is redemption for the most popular basic reward type offered by the world’s top airlines?” This year’s survey assesses 20 top airlines, with Etihad, Qatar, and Singapore as newcomers for 2019. The net result is better reward seat availability for 2019 compared to 2018. Of the frequent flyer programs surveyed this year, 13 provided better overall reward availability for 2019, with only three programs showing decreased availability.
Global Baggage Fee Revenue Jumps to $28.1 Billion
CarTrawler Global Estimate of Baggage Fee Revenue reveals 110% increase from 2014 estimate of $13.4 billion. IdeaWorksCompany, the foremost consultancy on airline ancillary revenues, and CarTrawler, the leading technology platform providing transport solutions for online businesses, recently estimated ancillary revenue at $92.9 billion worldwide for 2018. This CarTrawler Global Estimate of Baggage Fee Revenue identifies baggage as a $28.1 billion component and provides a worldwide summary of baggage fee policies for 20 top airlines.
European Airlines Lead 2018 a la Carte Revenue Estimate at $22.5 Billion with Asian Carriers 2nd at $18.8 Billion
IdeaWorksCompany, the foremost consultancy on airline ancillary revenues, and CarTrawler, the leading technology platform providing full end to end transport solutions for online businesses, recently estimated airline a la carte revenue at $65 billion worldwide for 2018. The CarTrawler Global Statistics of a la Carte Revenue adds regional details and 2014 comparisons to the figures from the earlier November 2018 release. A la carte activity is a significant component of ancillary revenue and consists of the amenities consumers can add to their air travel experience. These include fees paid for checked baggage, assigned seats, buy-on-board meals, early boarding, and onboard entertainment.
Airline Ancillary Revenue Projected to Be $92.9 Billion Worldwide in 2018
IdeaWorksCompany, the foremost consultancy on airline ancillary revenue, and CarTrawler, the leading provider of online car rental distribution systems, project airline ancillary revenue will reach $92.9 billion worldwide in 2018. The CarTrawler Worldwide Estimate of Ancillary Revenue represents a 312% increase from the 2010 figure of $22.6 billion, which was the first annual ancillary revenue estimate. Earlier this year, CarTrawler and IdeaWorksCompany reported the ancillary revenue disclosed by 73 airlines for 2017. These statistics were applied to a larger list of 175 airlines to provide a truly global projection of ancillary revenue activity by the world’s airlines for 2018.
Click here for 2018 Worldwide Estimate Infographic (JPG file).
Airline Retail ’Round the World: A Global Tour of Ancillary Revenue Best Practices
Keynote presentation by Jay Sorensen at the 2018 MEGA Event held in Long Beach, California on November 1, 2018. The presentation is in PDF format.