, I'm not sure about your friend, but I've found fares lower than $200 on ORD
in the past few years on AA
, and WN
. I guess it all depends on the dates. I'm thinking the Ted fares are so low because they're introductory fares in a market they're trying to gain a foothold in. Check back in 6 months and see if that $157 fare is still that readily available. Like I and others have mentioned, it's not like UA
's fares to Florida were all that high to begin with. It's merely a change in product. Why fly mainline at dirt cheap fares when you could fly the "lower cost" version at the same fares and not lose as much, if any, money?
As for UA777's comment, yes I've been to ORD
Terminal 1, and considering the fact that I work there on a regular basis, I've probably been there far more often than you. That said, the Department of Aviation was looking to see if AA
could free up some of their lesser-used gates for new entrant airlines. AA
is renting one of their gates on the L concourse for Spirit, but as expected both airlines are reluctant to give out any more of their gate space, especially to airlines like B6
is still pretty busy, but it wouldn't kill them from an operational standpoint if they leased 1 or 2 gates. However as you said, that's not going to happen.