Jetpixx From St. Lucia, joined Jul 2004, 942 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
I just made a purchase of an airline ticket round-trip from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas/Ft. Worth in mid-June which was $49 each way for a total of $118 round-trip. How does an airline make money on a fare like this? I am not complaining or willing to pay more, but I am confused how this is even possible and why it would be offered in the first place.
(edit - to mention) Duh...I forgot to mention it is AA. It will be my first flight on American, by the way, after years of flying DL. I don't like the uncertainty over there and I wanted to N/S.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
You lucked out - you found the cheapest fares in the market on the dates your are travelling. I imagine that your flights are before the school holiday travel period and June is not a busy time in Florida (the snowbirds are gone and the family vacation is not scheduled until July or August).......does AA (or any other airline) make money on these super low fares? Of course not, but the fares are good for advertising and promotional purposes and fill up seats that would probably otherwise go empty.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 13451 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2580 times:
The key with these fares is that AA doesn't sell every seat on the plane at $118 RT. You probably got one of only two or three seats on the plane that are available at that price, so congragulations to you. These fares allow the airline to sell seats that, as Dutchjet said, would likely otherwise go un-sold as the day of departure approached. I guarantee you that as you get closer to mid-June, if you keep checking the fares on the exact itinerary (days, flights, etc.), the lowest fares will go up.
Jpdflymhtmlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
I wouldn't complain, a while back when I was looking for a flight home for winter break, I booked a RT on NW for $86, tax brought it up to about $110. The route? MCO-MHT via DTW. Funny story about that flight was I got upgraded to first class on the way to MHT, and the lady sitting next to me was saying something about how she hoped we got a meal in First, especially with what we paid for the tickets, to which I looked at her and said, "Oh yeah, I agree..."