I think the only controversy that pops up on the blog more often than the value of $kuRubles (my fake name for SkyMiles or SM as an abbreviation) is the use of abbreviations.
Now for those of you are new, please read the Essentials posts. For those of you who are not new, please read the Essentials posts. 🙂 Listed there in E15 is a very handy Flyertalk page that has just about every frequent flyer abbreviation know to man.
This post was inspired because this morning I used the OFCMB abbreviation for Delta’s new (Dec’14) seat names. By clicking any of the links (especially the 3rd one that comes up or is linked in the first one that comes up) you will find a post with the detailed description of what OFCMB stands for as I think using the longer terms takes up too much space (that is Delta ONE, First Class, Comfort Plus, Main Cabin, Basic Economy).
Plus, the names Delta has come up with are just plain stupid (or should we say “plane” stupid). I think we can ALL agree on that. Delta has no 1st class seats on any jet in it’s fleet. They have Business Elite seats that they call those Delta ONE seats. What most Flyertalker’s are calling this seat is “D1” and I like that very much. It also works well with C+ name shortening! Plus, we all should know all D1 seats are not the same. To me, the best are the B767 (Boeing 767 jet) style followed by the B747, then the A330 (Airbus 330 jet) with new mods (stands for modifications) and then next the B777 and lastly the B757 transcon (trans-continental flight) that I just was on and will have a full review of soon.
So having some fun with these seats we can go even further with naming these seats. How about we consider for:
DeltaONE: D1. Like R2D2-ish. You have to be in a galaxy far far away to consider this a real 1st class experience and making up a fake “ONE” name does not help it. How about the hashtag #DeltaNONE when the service is not where it should be?
First Class: Most of us just call this a “J” seat from the common fare class Delta uses. There is nothing first class about business class. It can be, as we saw this morning, not much wider than a coach seat in fact (even if it has the new special leather coating). On some birds you get power and some you don’t. You can find 1st class even on some CRJ’s (Canada Air Regional Jet) and I have never known anyone other than a PVT (private) jet to have real 1st class seats.
Comfort Plus: C+ works. Delta has warned Delta people NOT to use this abbreviation btw (by the way). I think that is just hysterically funny. There is nothing remotely comfortable about a coach seat, let alone one that is the same size seat as the rest of coach (other than a little more leg room and recline). Sure you get some free goodies so maybe the PLUS works, but not the comfort part.
Main Cabin: Coach. This is coach or just “Y” to most per the fare class code. Coach. Is that so hard? Everyone else in the world just calls it economy but Delta can’t because…
Basic Economy: Yes, it is Economy or “E”. If your economy is so basic you have to buy this seat you should be flying Spirit Air. Sorry, the punishment and restrictions for this economy seat make it a basic choice to AVOID (not be confused with AVOD or IFE that is audio / visual on demand or in flight entertainment). 😉
So there you are and we have D1, J, C+, Y & E (see why I like OFCMB). We now have lots of things to mull over about the “Your Time” seat marketing joy over OFCMB (DeltaONE, First Class, Comfort Plus, Main Cabin, Basic Economy) seats. For me, as I have mentioned before, either business class or exit row works for me. I like leg room and can pay for a drink if I get stuck back in coach. Yes coach as that is what the seat is and should be called. Agree? – René