threeifbyair From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 672 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
I'm planning a SEA-PIT-SEA R/T on DL - the fares for the flights I want via MSP are insane when I search delta.com for roundtrips. The outbound fare is in the "Q" bucket, which is the problem. The return is in "U."
A "multi-city" routing for the exact same flights (SEA-MSP, MSP-PIT, PIT-MSP, MSP-SEA) prices out more than $150 cheaper. "L" fare for the first 2 legs, "U" fare for the last 2 legs.
Would my "connections" in MSP be protected if the first leg of the day was late arriving? Would there be any other problems to booking this way?
How does DL.com find inventory in "L" for a multi-city search but not for a round-trip?
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
Segments sold built thru the multi-city routing option may offer an equal or lower fare in different classes due to the system reading each city-to-city, or point-to-point on the routing. On some international routings, it can relate to total mileage allowed for the city-pair.
So, if all your flights are booked under the same PNR - Passenger Name Record - showing your routings as SEA-MSP-PIT roundtrip you'll be fine. I used this same option in booking a connection to ATL and LAX and on to SYD that saved me $400 when I broke the connection on flight 17 ATL-LAX-SYD instead of booking DL17 ATL-SYD. Different fares and fare classes doing it that way, and my complete itinerary appeared on my one PNR.
That $400 was a big help with the conversion from USD to AUD, and paid for the fare I purchased on NZ to AKL.
Book it Dano!
Enjoy your trip and ride on DL,
Because in theory you are now buying four one way tickets instead of one round trip. Instead of a PIT-SEA-PIT trip you are purchasing a PIT-MSP and a MSP-SEA and a SEA-MSP and a MSP-PIT trip. Availability and pricing for connections are based on origin and destination and, as long as it is a valid routing, remain the same regardless of connection city. Depending on the fare you could more than likely connect in DTW, ATL, CVG, MEM or SLC (not sure if DL serves PIT from all those hubs but it works in theory) or even double connect with only the various airport taxes causing any change in total price. Back when I used to teach pricing the one big conecpt that many people didn't want to let go of was the fact that AAA connect in BBB to CCC is not the sum of AAA to BBB plus BBB to CCC but simply the price from AAA to CCC whether non stop or with a connection.
Quoting threeifbyair (Thread starter): Would my "connections" in MSP be protected if the first leg of the day was late arriving? Would there be any other problems to booking this way?
In terms of bag and passenger check-in, as long as the stops are less than 4 hours it will read as a connection regardless and thru check so you will get both boarding passes and bag checked all the way PIT-SEA. If there is an IROP on your first flight you would be protected, however, because your fare basis would break in MSP you may run in to issues with the automated rebookings that are done with IROP situations which may force you to need to see an agent for rebooking.
For example, if a delay occurs before departure in PIT you may be rerouted through another city and possibly even on another airline. Since your fare breaks in MSP it is possible that the automated rebooking may not see your trip past MSP and only book to you MSP. It's also possible that it would rebook you to SEA but not be able to reissue the ticket, meaning you need to wait for an agent to do a manual reissue. It's could even happen that auto rebook fails and you have to see an agent to get rebooked and have your ticket reissued as well.
It's nothing that will cause major issues, but if there is a delay it may take longer to get you rebooked. This is not a totally unusual occurance, in fact I get called to do manual reissues on tickets similar to this quite often.