Not only that, but if you look at a few of the consistent business travel patterns, you'll find that Delta is commanding some pretty healthy fares:
Examples: Monday - Thursday:
July 17-20 - the morning flight is $1500 and the evening flight is $2000. If I select the morning flight, the return red eye on Thursday the 20th is commanding $3000 and it bumps up to $3500 if I went outbound on the evening flight. The daytime flight is commanding $1500.
July 24-27 - both flights are commanding 1800 on Monday outbound. The daytime return commands 1800 while the red eye commands $3000.
If I select the outgoing evening flight, the return red eye is commanding $3500. The daytime return flight is commanding $1800.
Tuesday through Thursday flights show similar patterns.
I think they're doing just fine so far.
I've provided the full calendar for the month of July from BOS to SFO showing one date more than $649 after July 2nd. SFO to BOS is a little better, but still only 10 out of 29 dates are showing over $649 after July 2nd. So that's a week and still less than $1300 R/T.
All people need to do is book their tickets separately.
And if you just do the drop down on the from date from below, there are at 15 out of 29 dates in there showing sub $1300 R/Thttps://www.google.com/flights/#search; ... b;a=DL;s=0
What I did is clicking on the individual dates and then seeing that of the 2 flights, the morning out of BOS is normally always low and have horrible load. The evening flight sells well sometimes and othertime are priced also at such $650.
Compare that to JFK to SFO, DL normally has at most 2 out of 8 are showing lower prices like around $800, while the remaining show much higher like $1600 to $3000 O/W
I see your point that R/T trips with Monday out and thursday returns are commanding good fares for certain flights. But if you actual look at the individual flights on those days, especially tuesday to Saturday, the fares are pretty low.
I can see I pissed a few people off here, so I will stay out of this from now on.
My view is quite clear here that this is a bloodbath. UA is doing this because it's concerned DL will be poaching on its corporate clients in the tech sectors. So it's aggressively going after DL here by flooding the market with lie flats.