Cactus Kate takes apart any whinging, whining, troughing bludgers who are upset about Air New Zealand’s changes to airpoints. She makes a fine suggestion right at the end:
Air NZ I would hazard a guess is full of business from public sector workers and troughers with infinite amounts of points from flying short haul economy up and down the bus from Auckland to Wellington.
As a taxpayer owned and bailed out airline perhaps they’d be far better off financially to disallow point and status accumulation for all travel paid by the taxpayer. And cancel all public sector Koru membership to clear the lounge out for private sector paying customers.
Until then if you are relying on upgrades from economy from any airline because you fly on them a bit and pay economy fares I have just one word of advice for you.
Try actually paying for business class.
Until then suck it up and sit with the people who aren’t in business class because despite your protestations. You are one of them.
Personally I don’t think they go far enough. I reckon Air New Zealand should just cancel points accumulation for all domestic flights, forthwith. They can safely do this because people like David Farrar are now caught by their own outrage. He has blogged numerous times about never, ever flying Jetstar again.
Personally I will not fly Jetstar in NZ. If a group in Auckland wants to fly me up to speak to them, I now make it a condition that I not be booked on Jetstar.
So his only option is Air New Zealand. If they ditch the points for domestic the problem of these kinds of troughers goes away almost overnight.
I’m with Cactus Kate…if you don’t like economy then pay for business class like a proper customer.