Crewchief From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2676 times:
I've been checking airfares for some travel that I'll be doing this summer and I've come across some anomalies. They could be indicative of deeply flawed pricing models. Take 'em for what their worth:
TPA-SAN, one way fares: WN Business Select is $405, Delta First/Business can be had for as low as $425. Why fly Business Select?
IAD-TPA one way fare, FL charges $85. Driving costs $436 (900 mi @.485/mi), Amtrak is $175 -- and Greyhound is $138. When an airline underprices Greyhound by nearly 40%, something is very, very wrong.
ORD to Seattle, one way: multiple airlines $250, driving $1000 (2063 mi @ .485/mi). A family of 4 could fly for what it costs to drive, and save themselves several day's travel time.
I think we have many people flying across the nation who but for the low fares would not travel at all. Airlines who could sell time savings are simply giving the product away, fighting to fill seats at a loss. The economic loss is clear: just look at the airlines P&Ls.
(Rant mode on)
It's time adults took over. The kids running the show today are running it into the ground.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7593 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 2539 times:
Did you by any chance check any routes that have no true LCC competition?
Price a PHL-BOS o/w on either DL and US and you'll see what I'm talking about... $450-500 for a one-hour Coach-Class flight. That's nuts.
Check a few other monopolized routes and you'll see more airfare follies but from the other side of the coin.
Food for thought: had the legacy carriers not gotten so greedy during the 90s and charged whatever they wanted just because they could; maybe the blossoming of LCCs would not have occurred nor have been as rampant. There's a reason WHY WN was widely embraced by PHL travelers, flight delays and all.
Long story short, the legacy (as a whole) carriers did it to themselves.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Crewchief From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1658 times:
Quoting TxAgKuwait (Reply 5): You are comparing apples & oranges. One key thing about all WN Business Select or Full Coach fares.......
Very true, and that's why I booked Delta outbound, and WN inbound. I absolutely know when I'm leaving, but not when I'm returning. I think WN has the best Y product, but at the same price Delta's forward cabin is a bit nicer.