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Your Home Airport: Most Expensive Airline  
User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5002 posts, RR: 21
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8119 times:

I live in St. Louis. I bid my vacations in December for the following year so I generally have plenty of time to search for bargain fares. I do not travel on business so all of my travel is Leisure/VFR.

Over the past few years, when I have searched for flights at the (flexible) times I've wanted to travel one airline stands alone for NEVER having even a remotely competitive fare from STL to anywhere in the Continental US: US Airways.

I generally don't mind paying an extra $50-75 bucks if it means I can get on a plane I've never flown or go through an airport I haven't been to or been to in a long while. (That's the A-Nutter in me.)

I've been planning to visit some friends in Richmond, VA in May and have been checking fares the past few weeks and finally settled on AirTran, $250 (taxes and fees included) + $10 for seat assignments so I could try out a 717. US was $339 for the same dates, BEFORE taxes and fees so that was a no-brainer for me, but I would still like to try out US sometime. But not at the fares they charge out of STL. (Flew the old Piedmont a couple of times, and HP a few years ago, but that's not quite the same thing these days.)

The other airlines I checked out (AA, CO, DL, NW, UA) were all about the same give or take $25 and slightly higher than FL, but not to the extent that US was.

So the question is: Which airline at YOUR hometown airport never seems to have decent fares compared to the competition?


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8066 times:



Quoting OzarkD9S (Thread starter):
So the question is: Which airline at YOUR hometown airport never seems to have decent fares compared to the competition?

Competition, what competition - we only have one airline at PLH! For the most part fares are reasonable though, just a few routes where they are consistently astronomical, but that's what keeps the airline (Air Southwest) in business.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8042 times:

The same up the road in EXT. There is only one real player: BE, meaning that fares can be high, but there is always a bargain to be had.


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8003 times:

Even here in Phoenix, quite often US Airways is the most expensive airline back east, due to the fact they have the only non-stops. Couple of years ago I needed to fly to IAD on very short notice, US and UA wanted over $850 for the non-stops yet, AA and NW were barely over $200 for one-stop and I always find them the most expensive from PHX-PNS. I have always found them more expensive even with 30days notice. Going west they are very competitive with WN.

User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1003 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7930 times:

It seems like from SMF US Airways is the most expensive airline to back east as well. Well, that's not entirely true as sometimes SMF-SFO-CLT as a codeshare with UA is the cheapest routing. The odd thing is that before the merger the old HP had some pretty competitive fares to CLT.

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7878 times:

At NCL - it is usually Eastern Airways who are most expensive. There are 'reasonable' fares to be had for booking well in advance (as is the case with most airlines), but they are usually quite pricey. But then again, they do seem to be more of a regional 'business class' airline - and you do get some extra perks in with your ticket. You are looking at £100 - £200 return for just a few hundred miles.

Long haul, SAS/Cimber/Wideroe etc takes the biscuit a bit when it comes to going further afield.


User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7873 times:

Here in JFK we have like everyone but...
I'd guess ELAl doesnt really lower there rates



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User currently offlineKatwspotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7823 times:

in ATW, doing a some research, it looks like UA is the most expensive out of here.


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User currently offlineCO777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7791 times:

IAH - Probably BA or some CO flights.
SNA - Probably Aloha or some Majors that fly to NYC (AA,CO)


User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7757 times:
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MCI. Probably YX. If you need a last minute fare from them - watch out. One advantage of MCI as an airport with lower volume and no one airline dominating with a hub, is consistently competitive fares among all the carriers. Disadvantage - one might not be able to get a non-stop to every destination you want.

User currently onlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7510 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7689 times:

At PHL, if there's no true-LCC competition (by either FL, F9 and/or WN) on a given route; US is very expensive.


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User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7685 times:

At ORF, its probably AA. Our largest carriers are US, WN, and DL/ Just goes to show, the largest carriers aren't always the most expensive  Smile


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User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7662 times:

I've found at PWM the most expensive airline is US Airways. It seems the wherever I need to go, US is always the most expensive.


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User currently onlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 753 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7650 times:

At TUS it would be either Alaska or US Airways. Alaska is high most of the time so I would say that Alaska is the priciest out of TUS, though I may be wrong.



Mason



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7586 times:

Well... I live in Frankfurt, so there can only be one - pretty obvious - answer: Lufthansa.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7576 times:

Oddly enough, I have found most times at SAN that NW is the most expensive airline for cross-country trips. Mostly, but not always.

However, at the current time, Delta's fares for this upcoming summer are the most expensive. Granted, no airline really has its summer schedules loaded, but the differences in SAN-MSP between DL and other airlines is currently running $100-$200 more on DL than on NW, UA, or US.

But things always change...



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User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7564 times:

IN YUL... Air Canada...

User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1512 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7545 times:

Well in OOL its probably QF but then NZ is starting so... I'm working on a dollar per mile sort of thing or else it would be D7 to KUL

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7540 times:

It have to be SAS...............


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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7536 times:

Well you can´t answer it just like that. It depends which route, which routing, One way or return fare, date of ticket purchase and so on and so on......

User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7534 times:

At NWI we have:

Flybe
KLM
BMI
Eastern Airways

for random dates to Scotland, BMI are consistently more expensive (£200+ one way to Aberdeen) vs. £120 to EDI or GLA on Flybe.

signol



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User currently offlinePDXBJV From Turkey, joined Apr 2007, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

I would say, that for the moment, at PDX it would be Lufthansa.


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7517 times:

Here at PIT, I'd say it widely varies, but the most expensive when I buy my tickets to MCI is ALWAYS AA.


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7516 times:

Well here in GFK:

Most Expensive: Northwest
Cheapest: Northwest

Either way you look at it, Northwest is the cheapest, or if your the disgruntled type the most expensive since they are the only ones that serve GFK. Then people whine about it, but yet UA used to come here and didn't make it work, not to mention all the NW FF here.

FAR:
We have NW, Allegiant, UA, and DL with F9 coming in May.

I have often found good deals on NW and UA, but nothing on DL.



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7498 times:



Quoting RedTailDTW (Reply 13):
At TUS it would be either Alaska or US Airways. Alaska is high most of the time so I would say that Alaska is the priciest out of TUS, though I may be wrong.

A number of friends have indicated that NW out of Tucson is also expensive. Many now take Sun Country to MSP. I wonder whether carriers that have only one flight a day like AS to Seattle and NW to MSP will be more expensive because of costs associated with their one flight a day operation?


25 Super80DFW : I have researched the three airports I fly out of the most: DFW, OKC, and LAW. Here is what I have found on flights from those cities to JAX on July 2
26 Phileet92 : hmm JFK- Ex- Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, ANA??? LGA- Ex- United EWR- Ex- Singapore Airlines
27 Post contains images Super80DFW : Understandable!
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