Red carpet is rolled out for air travelers

11/25/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Airlines are competing for affluent fliers with programs such as Flagship Check-in from American Airlines, which escorts affluent travelers through the airport and allows them to head to the front of the line at security. Delta Air Lines offers high-value customers gate-to-gate transportation via Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid vehicles to ensure they make their connecting flights, a program the airline just expanded. According to a report by MMGY Global and Harrison Group, affluent travelers represent 6% of leisure travelers.

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