Bugger Frequent Flyer Miles
I want Frequent Flyer Hours. They’d work almost the same. You’d get 550 or so points per hour from gate to gate. So all that time, sitting on the runway, circling in a holding pattern, waiting for the previous plane to vacate your gate? All would be paid back in some small way to the suffering traveller.
I think the economic questions are fascinating. Would additional trips cost more than the other restitution airlines make? What would be the inflationary effect on the currency? Would the qualifying milage levels for various benefits packages change?
Most importantly, would this be an effective way of mollifying customer resentment, and what would the brand advantage be for the first airline to introduce it?