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Why Is Airtran So Expensive?  
User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7959 times:

Airtran: LAX to FLL march 28-31 total $350.
Southwest: same for $218.
AA: same for $218
Delta: a surprising $300.

I thought South East was their territory. I even tried LA to Atlanta with same date, it was $325. Airtran doesn't even have service, why so expensive? They don't even let you select your seats online.

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User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Qatar, joined Feb 2000, 780 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7937 times:

i guess it depends on the dates.
i was checking flights with them from EWR to LAX for 11-18 march.
The price i got was 254 USD for return trip. I went with CO because they were nonstop service and it was only 12 dollars more.



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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7914 times:

You just missed out on the lower fare seats. also its a 737 they use so it must have filled up faster, than all those DL 767 to LAX, and WN has more paths you can take from FLL to LAX


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User currently offlineINTENSS From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7864 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Thread starter):
why so expensive?

Supply and demand.


-Rich


User currently offlineSAS330 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7709 times:

Sorry to hear that in all that Air Tran is so expensieve from the West. Well here at the east coast we get usually pretty good fares.
Next week I will on a trip from SAV to DCA for $100 oneway but incl. tax. Even US was much more expensieve in this case.
But I would say in general Air Tran is cheap in all.
But I am also agree, it makes normaly no sense not to be able to pick up a seat at the time of reservation, only if you book the higher fares.


User currently offlineN742AT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7674 times:

Yeah since the only place FL flies out of LAX is ATL and there are only three flights a day they are probably all close to full flight already with a few Y or A fares left. Not normal fares for a flight on FL. Remember its spring break to.

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7615 times:

Yes they are expensive
For RT travel from IAD to FLL on March 18 (return 19) they want $430!!!!
The same dates but from BWI $513!!!!!!! What the hell????
And the hours are really bad. Leaving from Washington area in the evening, arriving after midnight. Return flight 6am!!!

Jetblue is $483 non-stop flight

TED is $568 non-stop from IAD to FLL

US Airways is $618 non-stop DCA-FLL

For the same dates Delta wants $463 but the time is perfect.

Perfect timing departure/arrival on the 18th and dep/arr on the 19th with Southwest is $380. But I don't like WN so its out of the question  Smile

So, please dont tell me that AirTran is cheap. I'd rather be flying DL or other major for real miles and status then flying AirTran for nothing.

Rafal


User currently offlineCa2ohHP From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 948 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7534 times:

Yeah I've looked up all kinds of flights on FL, and they're almost always more than anyone. Even WN is expensive for anything but LAX-PHX. Maybe they're all adopting "low-cost" instead of "low-fare."

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21416 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7526 times:

People don't seem to understand that B6 and FL are not really inexpensive until you get close to the day of travel, because they have lower walk up fares. Unless they are having a sale, B6 and FL are usually more expensive in advance purchase fares than CO or AA, for example.

WN, on the other hand, is usually less expensive across the board, though there are some inversion periods where this isn't true.



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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7468 times:

Hmmm....and people wonder why airlines are having financially difficulty. $350 from LAX to FLL....during the busiest season with highest demand and you are complaining.

It's a bargain, my friend. Support your local airline (and their employees)...pay a fair fare.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9112 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7421 times:

Quoting SAS330 (Reply 4):
Sorry to hear that in all that Air Tran is so expensieve from the West. Well here at the east coast we get usually pretty good fares.

Yeah, from PIT-ATL, it's about $60 one way. I think they're the only airline serving the Atlanta route out of PIT, as FL is getting all the service, causing DL to become less profitable on that route.

It also would depend on whenever you purchase those tickets as well. Whether it be a day or a month in advance, as well as season. Some airlines have cheaper rates on some destinations depending on seasons... These other people posting about that are all making sense. I have my own experience from flying WN... I flew PIT-PHL, and paid $78 round trip last June, then I flew the same route, identical flights over new years for a little bit more, $98. That was probably because air travel over the hollidays is more expensive, as more people are flying, and it could also be due to increasing running costs, especially with the rising oil prices. I'm not sure how long the hedged fuel WN has will last for; I don't know how much they have left before they have to purchase more fuel for the next x amount of years...



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User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7421 times:

You folks may get the good fares on the East Coast. But, here in DTW, FNT they are high. I was checking them out to go to FLL and DL priced 379. AirTran was 403 from both cities. I went with DL. I can't figure it out either. They were to be a LLC. But, I now consider them a reg. airline like DL,AA,UA ect. They are not low here in Michigan.

User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7387 times:

It's amazing people are complaining...

350.00 Roundtrip from LAX to the opposite side of the country at FLL. That's still rediculously cheap.


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7358 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 9):
Hmmm....and people wonder why airlines are having financially difficulty. $350 from LAX to FLL....during the busiest season with highest demand and you are complaining.

It's a bargain, my friend. Support your local airline (and their employees)...pay a fair fare.

Who the hell cares about the airline employees? Why would I pay extra so I can support an airline?


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9112 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7358 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 13):
Who the hell cares about the airline employees? Why would I pay extra so I can support an airline?

I'll select which ever airline I choose to fly with depending on how reasonable the fares are, or should I say how affordable  Wink



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User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7358 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Thread starter):
Airtran: LAX to FLL march 28-31 total $350.
Southwest: same for $218.
AA: same for $218
Delta: a surprising $300.

I just checked kayak.com for your travel dates...And my results where.
LAX-FLL
Los Angeles, CA to Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue 28 Mar 2006 -- Fri 31 Mar 2006 / round-trip for 1
American Airlines-$219
Delta-$229
Jetblue-$237
Airtran-$298
Song-$301
Alaska-$319
Continental-$324
US Airways-$355
United-$357
Northwest-$398
America West-$417
Frontier-$439

Be aware that LAX-FLL is 2,342 miles. (Transcontinental just about)
This isn't a short flight where you pay $250+ for a less then 300 mile flight!

You're LUCKY to live in Southern California where you have the optional of flying out of several area airports with all the major/low-cost carriers! Not Everyone Is So LUCKY  Smile (Just thought I would remind you)


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21416 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7291 times:

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 15):
LAX-FLL
Jetblue-$237

whatever, dude. how much is the taxi fare from LAX to LGB, and is that part of the $237?



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User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7277 times:

It could be their flights are almost booked up and they went to higher fares. If their flights were empty, I am sure they price would have been lower.
it's all supply and demand, the higher the demand, the higher the price.
ever try to book an airline seat for around Thanksgiving or Christmas to
Florida? it's cheaper for the Floridians to fly north during that time.


User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2937 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7269 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 16):
whatever, dude. how much is the taxi fare from LAX to LGB, and is that part of the $237?

Maybe he lives closer to LGB than LAX.

JetBluefan1



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User currently offlineN742AT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

The cheapest fare I could find was on AA non-stop from LAX-FLL for $198+tax RT,and that was on Orbitz, not a bad deal. FL is right up there actually with most airlines. It is the airlines that have no one on there planes that are charging the lower fare which will gain them more passengers as a lot of people book travel last minute.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

Quoting Lindy (Reply 6):
Yes they are expensive
For RT travel from IAD to FLL on March 18 (return 19) they want $430!!!!
The same dates but from BWI $513!!!!!!! What the hell????
And the hours are really bad. Leaving from Washington area in the evening, arriving after midnight. Return flight 6am!!!

Jetblue is $483 non-stop flight

TED is $568 non-stop from IAD to FLL

US Airways is $618 non-stop DCA-FLL

For the same dates Delta wants $463 but the time is perfect.

The reason for these high air fares is S P R I N G B R E A K in Florida. The cheap seats are already gone.

.



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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

Quoting N742AT (Reply 19):
It is the airlines that have no one on there planes that are charging the lower fare which will gain them more passengers as a lot of people book travel last minute.

That sounds right, but I've been checking this LAX-FLL route for quite some time and AA always had a $200 dollar R/T price. I guess it's because they know that they will fill all the seats on the LAX-FLL route.


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5343 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6997 times:

Quoting Lindy (Reply 6):
Yes they are expensive

I've got a crazy thought here!
Perhaps they are charging that price because that's the price they need to charge in order to make a profit on that route. Isn't that a wild business model for an airline??

I think most of those other airlines you are quoting are all in Chapter 11, or have been numerous times....perhaps because they don't charge enough to cover their costs (among other things).


Jimbo



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User currently offlineVEEREF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6945 times:

Also LCC stands for "low cost carrier" not "low fare airline". Nothing says they have to pass along the savings to the consumer.....

User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6904 times:

Geez. Really letting AirTran have it because they only matched AA's fare?

I guess we know why the industry isn't making money.



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25 Post contains images Boeingguy1 : I never did understand the whole "Support your local airline" or "support the legacies" crap. If they want to run themselves into the ground (NW, wher
26 Srbmod : For my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, I chose AirTran because they were cheaper than Delta. At the time I booked, Delta was close to $100 more for a roun
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