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Oh I know I am going to get maybe one or two slightly negative comments about today’s post (let alone the title). So please bear with me before you start to type a comment.
Let me thus begin with the fact that I am not a fan of locked wifi speeds. For example, the Westin that is right next door to the main “A” Sky Club in DTW, locks the speed as you can see above. It is free wifi as a CrossoverRewards elite, but it is limited free just like many other hotels; if you want full speed you must pay more!
So just what am I going on about then and what is my idea. I tested as you see from the above speed test, the main Sky Club “A” WiFi speed very early in the day. At just past 6:AM the performance was just kickin’ fast. If Delta could keep this speed going all day long no one would ever gripe about the speed in the Sky Clubs.
Now let’s think about from both a user and Delta’s point of view. The plus side, if Delta were to limit the speed to say 1MB for free in the clubs no one user could slurp a ton of bandwidth (I would never do that like stream video from my TiVo)! From Delta’s side, they could still give away free WiFi, but also sell unrestricted speed access or give this perk away to Sky Club members giving some value back after #SkunkyGate!
It does not take many of us to impact Sky Club wifi performance. I moved over from the A club to the B/C club just a few hours later and you can see the difference in performance above. The club was also packed by this point so I really was impressed I was getting this much throughput.
So what do you think? Is this another source that Delta’s revenue management is missing out on or one more “enhancement” that would drive you away from the Sky Club. I have my bullet proof shirt on today, but all I ask is you keep it PG-13, as always, on the blog! – René
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