Luv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3209 times:
I was booking a ticket from LAX to RIC..and as usual, searched for the best fares (relative to the quality of service offered by any particular airline) on Kayak. When I selected the one I wanted, it sent me to United's website...but I noticed that all the legs were on US Airways metal, so I figured I would just book it directly through US Airways.
Somehow, the ticket that was $144 all-in from UA was coming out to $290 from US, for the same exact flights! Both quoted fares were the lowest on each site, non-refundable, etc.
Does United buy seats from US Airways in bulk, like Hotwire would...or is there some other explanation? Also, how come US Airways homepage still says "US Airways/America West"?
When you have to breaststroke to your connecting flight...it's a crash!
BNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 412 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
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While UA and US do codeshare domestically, they have not been given leave to coordinate their schedules and fares (Anti-Trust Immunity), therefore the difference in fares is based on the opposite carrier deciding to independently price the same segment at a lower price. NW, CO and DL used to have this issue on their codeshares, however now since the acquisition of NW, NW and DL fares are mostly the same and CO is no longer actively selling DL or NW segments as CO*.
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8773 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
Quoting BNAtraveler (Reply 1): based on the opposite carrier deciding to independently price the same segment at a lower price.
Nope, it is just a time lag between the two companies. They can certainly view the pricing information of each other, as can any travel agent. It is not secret info. What they can't actually do is set prices on each other's flights (ATI would make that... pointless anyway).
It is always good to check all possible sellers for a flight (including for example Orbitz). These flaws in coordination are common, but they are not intentional. Airlines tolerate these problems because they do get a lot of additional sales from codeshares, Orbitz and the like.
Pellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2881 times:
Quoting Flighty (Reply 3): Nope, it is just a time lag between the two companies.
How is it this when this price difference happens on many many many UA / US flights sold on each other's websites? Maybe alliance members are limited in which fare buckets they can sell, and in this situation UA still had a lower fare available which were all sold on US's site?
Quoting TK787 (Reply 2): Very common. Check this out; looking for a ticket JFK-IST in late September TK's fare is $642. The same ticket bought through Star A. partner using a UA flight number but same TK plane will be $2621.
I noticed this always happens with Star Alliance. If you buy an international ticket on carrier A through carrier B's website, it is almost always more expensive, frequently they will only show the highest fare bucket. I've noticed this on UA versus NH websites.