The rich will get richer, the poor will get leg cramps
Because the profit margin is so much higher on business and first-class tickets, Spagnola says airlines will be adding more of those seats – and with more impressive amenities like showers and full suites. Meanwhile, they'll “reconfigure” the rest of the plane in order not to cut back on the number of coach seats. So, more showers for the guys in front, less leg room for the guys in back.
You won’t be getting ANY upgrades
And don't think you'll be sitting up there, Mr. Platinum Gold Diamond Elite! Since airlines have realized their biggest profits are made on business and first class seats, they’re going to focus on “upselling” coach passengers rather than rewarding their loyal frequent fliers. This should make flight attendants really happy.
The boarding gate area will start to resemble a bus station
According to Spagnola, Frontier Airlines will expand 14% in the first half of 2015, and Spirit will expand 26%. Which is kind of like hearing Walmart will be opening up in your favorite shopping mall.