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Huge Price Difference For Same Flight From UA & US  
User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3106 times:
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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"?

Thanks!

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User currently offlineBNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3077 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*.

User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4435 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

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.

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8543 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2808 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.


User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2778 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.



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8543 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2736 times:



Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 4):
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?

No. It is just a screw-up, although your point that it is very extensive is not being disputed.


User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Happens all the time around the world  Smile

For example, I bought a ticket yesterday on a Finnair flight under a Rossiya (FV) codeshare HEL-LED one way for 80.83EUR. AY wanted 230.80EUR for the same exact flight.



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