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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. The news that Amtrak is now assigning seats in Acela first class is a big ‘duh” with a long yawn.

    For those unfamiliar with American passenger train history, long before Amtrak was invented in 1971, and before the computer was born, our railroads manually provided reservations–even in coach. What Amtrak calls Acela first class was actually known as “parlor” with individual swivel high back seats-and tables to work from.

    The needless issue created over the years by Amtrak cancelling the ability to reserve a preferred seat in Acela first class is related to Amtrak’s failure in its own product development not to understand its market–how those business travelers prefer to have a solid table to work on, instead of a rickety fold down tray table from the seat in front.

    In reference to B-School Marketing 101, this issue just gives clarification to the meaning of competition; what happens in essence when there is only one operator, a state-owned enterprise acting as a monopoly unresponsive in a timely manner to its market.

    What’s the next marketing innovation for Acela first class–boxed cold meals..?

  2. The news Amtrak is now allowing for seat reservations in Acela first class is a big ‘duh” with a long yawn.

    For those unfamiliar with American passenger train history, long before Amtrak was invented in 1971, and before the computer was born, our railroads manually provided reservations–even in coach. What Amtrak calls Acela first class was actually known as “parlor” with individual swivel high back seats-and tables to work from.

    The needless issue created over the years by Amtrak cancelling the ability to reserve a preferred seat in Acela first class is related to Amtrak’s failure in its own product development not to understand its market–how those business travelers prefer to have a solid table to work on, instead of a rickety fold down tray table from the seat in front.

    In reference to B-School Marketing 101, this issue just gives clarification to the meaning of competition; what happens in essence when there is only one operator, a state-owned enterprise acting as a monopoly unresponsive in a timely manner to its market.

    What’s the next marketing innovation for Acela first class–boxed cold meals..?

  3. Wait, the passenger had $350K available to make a lump sum payment and still catch his (probably) plane? What a jerk!

    and can you charge that?

  4. They’ve been denying passport issuance / renewals in the US over arrears in child support for many years now.

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