|Quoting knope2001 (Reply 1):|
1. It is taking a long time to educate travelers to check southwest.com and not rely on sites like Kayak, Travelocity, etc. Airport officials have heard complaints from the business community that there are no longer nonstops to places like Boston and Seattle since Southwest took those over from AirTran. That has been a challenge, thought I think it is waning somewhat.
|Quoting mtnwest1979 (Reply 3):|
Quoting knope2001 (Reply 1):1. It is taking a long time to educate travelers to check southwest.com and not rely on sites like Kayak, Travelocity, etc. Airport officials have heard complaints from the business community that there are no longer nonstops to places like Boston and Seattle since Southwest took those over from AirTran. That has been a challenge, thought I think it is waning somewhat.
Then their business community is a very unaware group. WN has nonstops to both cities mentioned.
|Quoting Coronado (Reply 5):|
|Quoting 175erj (Reply 7):|
There are always going to be exceptions...but the point is, Southwest is not so low fare anymore.
|Quoting rj777 (Reply 11):|
What WN (and some of the others) don't seem to get is the law of Supply and Demand:
You SUPPLY the destinations/routes people want and DEMAND will go up!
|Quoting 737tdi (Reply 2):|
I just searched on Southwest.com and see I could fly MKE to LAS and back for just about $400. Of course these are the Wanna Get Away fares, purchased in advance but this is leaving MKE on a Tues. in Apr. and returning on the next Tues.. Is this out of line with what fares were 4 years ago, 2 years ago? The statement was made that prices have gone up. I am truly curious if this is true or just a randomly tossed opinion
|Quoting knope2001 (Reply 10):|
--Fares have shot up across the board....a weighted average fare increase of 42.2% in 3 years. Fares were just too low to be sustainable.
|Quoting N1120A (Reply 14):|
Funny, cause WN was still making money. Fares were fine, collusion is not.
|Quoting DCA-ROCguy" class="quote" target="_blank">DCA-ROCguy (Reply 13):|
Nevertheless, MKE like other markets makes clear that WN does need to deal with their costs.
|Quoting 175erj (Reply 7):|
Usually always the Legacy carriers are the same if not cheaper than Southwest.
|Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 16):|
Actual fare data doesn't support this. Sure the legacies tend to match on some of the advanced purchase fares, but on many of the last minute fares the legacies gouge customers. I bought a last minute BWI-CLE ticket on WN for $400....UA wanted $800 for DCA-CLE or IAD-CLE.
|Quoting jreuschl (Reply 18):|
I think flights booked in advance can be cheaper on other carriers, however, last minute is probably cheaper on WN.
|Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 17):|
Oh, really? Going to southwest.com is just too complicated for some I guess.