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Question On WN Scheduling And Ticket Sales  
User currently offlinebcoz From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 388 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

As I've mentioned here before, I was ecstatic when WN began service to GSP as my folks live in Spartanburg. I've always liked the WN product and it was nice to be able to use it to visit family. Since WN began service on March 13, I've flown to the Upstate twice.

However, today I was attempting to book a trip for over the 4th of July weekend...and WN's website indicated that service "Flights from Milwaukee - MKE to Greenville/Spartanburg - GSP are not scheduled to operate on..."

While I live in Wisconsin (almost on the IL border), I work close in to Chicago... so it is not a huge deal for me to, given that one of my travel days is a workday, go from MDW... My question is, however, how does WN determine when a specific market is for sale...? Clearly, flights are operating from MKE to BW and MCOI on the days I want to travel... and flights are operating from BWI/MCO to GSP on the days I want to travel (in fact, one of the connections offered on the return to MDW is GSP-MCO-MDW). Is there a length of layover after which WN nixes any connection possibilities?

(FWIW... CHS comes up exactly the same way).

Any insight is appreciated.


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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

From my understanding, WN allows between 25-35 minutes scheduled minimum connection, and 2 hours maximum connection. This may have changed since I worked there, so if the connection times in BWI or MCO out of MKE for South Carolina does not fall in those guidelines, they will not sell the flight/connection. It isn't a matter of market, though it could be.

If WN does not sell tickets between two points, there is no way of doing it without providing two connections (Something WN never sells on www.southwest.com at this time) or an odd time of connection that is not feasible under their schedule.


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User currently offlineKBUF From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

Connection seems to be more manageable on weekends. MKE-BWI-GSP on 7/2 and GSP-MCO-MKE on 7/3 are bookable, for instance.

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