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Why Is UA More Expensive Than SAA?

Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:59 pm

Check this out: In searching fares on the United and South African Airways websites; same route, same aircraft (an SAA flight on the ass-flatening IAD-DKK-JNB route), the SAA return price is around $1,100 (cattle class) whereas United wants closer to $1,500.

What gives?
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RE: Why Is UA More Expensive Than SAA?

Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:17 pm

Presumably, if it is a codeshare flight, the reservations systems are treating it as two separate flights. A certain number of seats are blocked for UA customers. Given that each airline will use its own yield management strategies to sell its own block of tickets, I can only assume that UA has sold more of its tickets than SAA has on the same plane...
I've noticed this before with for example the DL flight LHR-JFK - tickets can be cheaper if bought from KL as a KL codeshare operated by DL.

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