Almost bid for an upgrade to "premium cabin," which is the equivalent of business class in international travel. We'll be on the plane for 12 hours, so...once in a lifetime trip, you know.
But, my God, why the huge difference in price!
The low bid is still almost double the regular price, or three times the price overall. Basically, we'd be paying $100 bucks more each for each hour of flight, that's IF they took our low bid. The "confirm" bid is would end up being four times the regular price.
None of this is probably news to the travelers among you.
But couldn't they design a price system where everyone gets a bit more comfort for a bit more of a price? Eh? Average it out?
I've read up on the deregulation of the airlines. My understanding is that air travel before deregulation was just flat out expensive because the only people flying were business people and/or the rich. The empty seats were more or less compensated by the government.
Nature abhors a vacuum, so when they deregulated, the trick was to fill those empty seats, so travel got affordable.
But we still had the business people whose companies paid for their trips, and the well-off, who could afford the older way of traveling, so we have what we have.