Because in theory you are now buying four one way tickets instead of one round trip. Instead of a PIT
trip you are purchasing a PIT
and a MSP
and a SEA
and a MSP
trip. Availability and pricing for connections are based on origin and destination and, as long as it is a valid routing, remain the same regardless of connection city. Depending on the fare you could more than likely connect in DTW
(not sure if DL
from all those hubs but it works in theory) or even double connect with only the various airport taxes causing any change in total price. Back when I used to teach pricing the one big conecpt that many people didn't want to let go of was the fact that AAA connect in BBB to CCC
is not the sum of AAA to BBB plus BBB to CCC
but simply the price from AAA to CCC
whether non stop or with a connection.
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Would my "connections" in MSP be protected if the first leg of the day was late arriving? Would there be any other problems to booking this way?
In terms of bag and passenger check-in, as long as the stops are less than 4 hours it will read as a connection regardless and thru check so you will get both boarding passes and bag checked all the way PIT
. If there is an IROP on your first flight you would be protected, however, because your fare basis would break in MSP
you may run in to issues with the automated rebookings that are done with IROP situations which may force you to need to see an agent for rebooking.
For example, if a delay occurs before departure in PIT
you may be rerouted through another city and possibly even on another airline. Since your fare breaks in MSP
it is possible that the automated rebooking may not see your trip past MSP
and only book to you MSP
. It's also possible that it would rebook you to SEA
but not be able to reissue the ticket, meaning you need to wait for an agent to do a manual reissue. It's could even happen that auto rebook fails and you have to see an agent to get rebooked and have your ticket reissued as well.
It's nothing that will cause major issues, but if there is a delay it may take longer to get you rebooked. This is not a totally unusual occurance, in fact I get called to do manual reissues on tickets similar to this quite often.