What's wrong with United?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Lthouseprincess, May 10, 2001.

  1. Lthouseprincess

    Lthouseprincess Mouseketeer

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    The airfare for MSP to MCO RT is $114, this sounds really good, but it makes you wonder why it is so cheap? Are they in trouble or a bad airline, going out of business????
     
  2. DaveKr

    DaveKr Earning My Ears

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    Well, I've heard that their mechanics are on the verge of striking... (thank God Delta's pilots settled!)

    never heard of an airline reducing fares during an impending strike...

    Dave
     
  3. Beverly Lynn

    Beverly Lynn comfortably numb

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    where have you been? they are buying out Usairways! hardly in jeopardy of going out of business. its called an airfare sale!
     
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  5. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

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    In your post you mentioned United buying out US Airways. I just got a GREAT price for R/T in Nov out
    of Newark on the internet (YAHOO!Travel). Do you
    think I should look elsewhere? If I purchase, do you
    think United will honor my tickets.....?

    kimmar067
     
  6. TravelSheryl

    TravelSheryl DIS Veteran

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    United will definitely honor your tickets. Don't worry.
     
  7. classicpooh

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    UAL's flight attendants may have work stoppages this summer... kind of like what the pilots did last summer:mad:
     
  8. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

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    Nothing worse than buying something that is NOT
    transferable and NOT refundable and your DH gets
    all "bent out of shape"!

    (I am trying to surprise my DH and 3 DS with a
    "mini" vacation in Nov and I don't want to lose
    my money if a buyout takes place. I have already
    booked S/D for $99/nite. With the $179 R/T air
    and $99 room rate, it sounds too good to be true!)
     
  9. travelcoupons

    travelcoupons DIS Veteran

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    This sale is an example of airlines sending messages to each other.

    Normally what happens is airline A will have low bookings at airline B's hub city so they will offer a few seats at a ridiculously low price on a few routes. Then airline B will counter by doing the same back in the hub city of airline A.


    I think this one started by Continental offering
    RT between Orlando and
    Chicago (United's hub) for $108 RT

    United (hub cities : Chicago and Denver) then
    offered this sale $ 114 RT between Orlando and...
    Minneapolis (Northwest's hub)
    Cleveland (Continental's hub)
    Dallas (American's hub)
    Pittsburgh (US Airways' hub)

    Continental then offered RT $114 between Orlando and
    Denver (United's hub)

    United then lowered Dallas - Orlando to $104 RT.


    The airlines usually do this for very short periods of time (usually just a few hours) as to prolong it would cost them to much in revenue $$.

    It's another reason to keep checking daily if you are looking for a low fare on an upcoming trip.
     

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