The logic of airlines baffles me.
What truly baffles me is the "reasoning" behind the following example: When checking on airfare for a PHX
trip, my first choice was the Lufthansa non-stop flight then operating. At United's website, the same LH flights
-operated non-stop in both directions, therefore no UA
-operated flights in the itinerary) on the same dates,
priced at nearly USD 200.00 less when compared to how the same
itinerary in all respects had priced at the Lufthansa site just moments early. The only difference was at ual.com, the LH
flights carried UA
* "opb LH
" flight numbers. To be sure the huge difference wasn't some coincidence in my timing, I checked it again the next day, with the same result. I even spoke with a UA
res agent by phone to inquire whether their much lower fare on flights entirely opb LH
was indeed valid -- to which the answer was an affirmative.
The example I've shared is not an isolated example. With the U.S. legacy airlines jumping into bed with each other more and more, it is not uncommon for one airline to market and ticket an intinerary that is operated in its entirety by a partner airline. By whatever convoluted logic, it is not uncommon for a partner airline to offer a lower fare than the operating airline for the same flights and dates -- at significant cost to the operating airline.
By comparison, the huge disparity in AZ
-CAI compared to MXP
-CAI is easily understood; although it does lead me to surmise that AZ
must have excess capacity to sell on its LHR
flights inasmuch in the case of their LHR
-CAI service through these cities, one would think they are essentially throwing in the CAI connection for free inasmuch as 324 Euros is probably a fairly routine, everyday LHR
return fare. Why not then sell the seat on to CAI from MXP
to another pax at 324 Euros (or more), which doubles the yield on the two seats flown, at only slightly higher cost? Or do they also have excess capacity MXP
-CAI to fill -- perhaps because O&D pax from MXP
are balking at the fare of 689 Euros return?