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Old August 10th, 2011, 02:26 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
Gadi Ben-Avi[_2_]
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Hi

I just did some searches using Kayak.com
In both cases the search was for a round trip leaving on November 18th 2011
and returning on the 23rd
The first search was from Newark to Atlanta, The best price was $427 on
either Delta or United
The second search was from Newark to Wilmington, NC. The best price was $295
on Delta, and the trip goes through Atlanta

The first leg on both routes is the same

Why is a route that uses one flight more expensive than a route that uses
two flights?

Gadi

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Old August 11th, 2011, 05:33 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
Graham Harrison[_3_]
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"Gadi Ben-Avi" wrote in message
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Hi

I just did some searches using Kayak.com
In both cases the search was for a round trip leaving on November 18th
2011 and returning on the 23rd
The first search was from Newark to Atlanta, The best price was $427 on
either Delta or United
The second search was from Newark to Wilmington, NC. The best price was
$295 on Delta, and the trip goes through Atlanta

The first leg on both routes is the same

Why is a route that uses one flight more expensive than a route that uses
two flights?

Gadi


There was a time, a good few years ago when a Delta flight went through (I
seem to remember) Charlotte en route from Washington to Atlanta. The crews
reported getting mismatches between checked in and seated passengers on the
Charlotte/Atlanta segment. There were often a few passengers missing on
that segment. It took a while but they finally worked out that the WAS/ATL
fare was less than WAS/CLT so people were buying WAS/ATL, traveling with
hand baggage only, and getting off in CLT.

My guess is A N Other airline offers the $295 fare and Delta is price
matching.

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Old August 11th, 2011, 07:01 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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Default Flight price weirdness

On 8/10/2011 6:26 AM, Gadi Ben-Avi wrote:

Why is a route that uses one flight more expensive than a route that
uses two flights?


Because the cost is not based on the airlines cost of providing the
service, it's based on what the market will bear.

Yes, nothing stops you from not getting on the second flight to
Wilmington (though it upsets the airline because they are expecting you
on the second flight), but you can't get onto the second flight in
Atlanta on the way back.

Atlanta has been one of the most expensive places to fly to/from for
ages. They only have one airport, whereas most metro areas that size
have two or three airports. Delta uses up so many of the gates that
smaller carriers can't get in, though Southwest will be there eventually
due to their purchase of AirTran.
 




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