I was hoping someone could enlighten me on why the following fairly common pricing structure for the mainlines is currently in place.
I live in STL. I am trying to get to RSW. If I fly direct STL-RSW the price is $550 RT for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, if I fly STL-ORD-MIA-RSW (same dates), the cost of the ticket drops to $430 RT. This price difference is not the result a one-week fare drop...cost differentials along these lines are found daily.
Realizing the operational cost-efficiencies that do come into play with a hub-spoke network, I still find it difficult to fathom that it actually costs AA less for me to fly aboard four unnecessary flights (round-trip) some 1000 miles out of my way. Am I crazy?
How do "traditional" mainlines believe they will be able to compete with point-to-point airlines long-term if this issue is not addressed?