I was recently planning a trip from ISP
for myself and I found some interesting things. I looked for fares and found that DL
had the lowest rates and I figured to book with CO
, I try to do all my flying with CO
because they and their partner DL
, serve more destinations with more flights from ISP
then any other major. I verified the flights the next day with my party and when I went to purchase them, the fares were now almost $125 more. I figured that somebody booked the seats and I would try DL
had the same thing. I checked the next 3 days. On the fourth day, the fares were lower again. It's a good thing that they were lower, I was about to pay the high fare. It was ridiculous considering that the fares from JFK
are $99 and $109 each way. I would of booked with UA
because they have the 763s from JFK
with the PTV service and EWR
is too far of a drive for a 738 cross country.(I know CO
has a 762 but it didn't fit into my schedule) Here's the guilt part, I was going to book with UA
but I felt guilty. I know that CO
probably do not make too much money at ISP
especially with the presence of WN
. I appreciate that DL
continue to serve ISP
(my hometown airport) with multiple flights a day to many destinations. DL
even used to fly to FLL
, but cut it out after 9/11 and WN
doesn't have a single flight to ISP
. They only offer the US service which is small to say the least. NYC is not that far away but I do not like taking LCCs. They only operate the high yield markets. Majors can do favors for travelers like serve their hometown airports because of their "cash cow" high yield routes. When they don't make money on the cash cows because of LCC (and the detrimental $39* fares to FL
), they stop service to places like ISP
has reduced service, DL
has done the same to only mention 2.
Here are my questions:
Why did the fares spike unexpectedly like that for a few days?
Does anybody ever feel guilty taking a LCC or major for that matter?
*I cite this because it is detrimental to the whole market not just majors or LCCs, for aviation in general but I hope not to get into that.