It's really easy to hate most American airlines. Predator is the word that most often comes to mind. They know we have to fly...so they are free to violate us at every turn without any fear of retribution.
There was a flicker of hope that they actually do care when Delta and JetBlue raced to the head of the line to permit mobile devices gate to gate a day after the FAA lifted its ban. And, Delta has already planted their collective foot firmly in the NFW camp on the new suggestion that passengers be permitted to make mobile phone calls in flight.
But, here's something you don't see very often. American Airlines has announced it will be testing a program that will let passengers bid for First Class seats that have gone unsold. Rather than offer seats at a (for some) silly $129 upgrade charge like some airlines...American has apparently realized that 50 bucks is better than no bucks.
And, for the passenger...it makes perfect sense. There are flights that all I want to do is devour a good book...and I can do that in steerage. But, there are flights that I really need to be working on my computer to finish a report...which I can't do in steerage.
Now, American gives me the option to decide on just how much I'm willing to spend to get that report finished.