Continental's timing in ending their code-sharing and reciprocal frequent flyer agreements with America West was one of those airline industry examples of "what a coincidence" (not!!!!). It was plainly retaliation on CO
's part for HP
having the unmitigated gall (in CO
's twisted view) to restore at least some measure of sanity and equitibility to airline pricing -- referred to by HP
as "fair fares."
Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that HP
emerged the winner for sticking with their plan; and no one can make a point based on factual evidence that CO
's retaliatory action against HP
had a similar effect for Gordo's airline. While HP
has become a consistent money maker, CO
can do no better than to contrive scapegoats and "poor me" lame excuses for remaining stuck in their money-losing malaise in spite of their low labor costs.
As for interline ticketing capability, all U.S. "legacy" airlines plus many others, including HP
, and TZ
(for sure) have agreements whereby they can ticket pax on other airlines. Generally speaking, the only restrictions on interline ticketing are 1) at least one segment of the ticket must be operated by the issuing carrier and 2) a carrier cannot issue a ticket with any international segment(s) operated by another carrier. Airlines routinely issue tickets containing offline segments, even on arch-rival carriers. Southwest is among the few major airlines in the world who do not participate in interline ticketing.