So I have a CO voucher that I need to use very soon, but honestly flying connections on CO through IAH or EWR don't make a lot of sense considering where I want to go. I notice that whenever I'm in ATL, I hear almost all DL flights announce a codeshare flt. number with CO. I also notice on continental.com that their PDF timetable lists direct flights with fl. numbers 4----, operated by DL, nonstop RDU-ATL.
However, when I ask continental.com to give me nonstop flights to ATL, it says none are available. Additionally, it wants me to connect through EWR to get to ATL. Obviously this doesn't make a lot of sense. How can I actually purchase these CO codeshare flights?
Here's what a previous poster wrote on another thread:
DiscoverCSG From United States, joined Jan 2007, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted Fri Feb 2 2007 22:17:19 your local time (7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 965 times:
It's my understanding that continental.com is pretty tough about pointing the user only to CO-operated flights, or else multi-segment itineraries with at least part of the trip on CO metal.
For example, the website won't sell you ATL-EWR-ATL on DL metal (even though there's a codeshare). But, if you search for, say, ATL-CDG, it will allow you to purchase itineraries with ATL-EWR on a DL-operated, CO-coded flight and then the CO metal to CDG.
I suppose this revenue protection is one of many smart, if slightly annoying, steps CO has taken to keep afloat.
Any advice on how to successfully make such a purchase?
[Edited 2007-09-22 19:27:41]