I will never understand airline pricing

Thanks to everybody who attended the upgrade workshop in Santa Clara, CA today. You were a very attentive audience and I got some great questions (especially during the breaks). As always, you can download the slide set here:

500+ Slide Set “Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g: The Whole Story”
Keyword (Schluesselwort): upgrade112

As a complete non sequitur, I have to say that I will never understand airline pricing. I arrived at SJC airport for my 6:50 PM flight to Burbank, and found that a 5:30 PM flight was boarding. The flight was clearly less than half full, so I inquired with the Southwest agent as to whether I could take the earlier flight.

The answer of course was that I could…for an additional fee. Somehow that empty seat at 5:30 PM would cost me more than my empty seat at 6:50 PM. And this was Southwest, an airline that likes to advertise its lack of additional fees! I guess they love my bags, but they don’t love me?

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