On 11/19/2002 6:36:25 AM phillyguy wrote:
Need to make an urgent trip to DEN this weekend from PHL.
Going out Sun and back on Mon is $1916 on US an UAL. I don't need the segements and just want to go and come back as quick as possible.
In order to maintain ****roach status, I looked at a Sat departure. UAL drops to $268 but U stays at $1916.
Now I know we have benefits by flying UAL but why does US want to give away this money to another carrier.
Believe it or not, US has the same exact holiday fare pricing with one exception(BTW this is a holiday discount 268 rt fare, not your normal fare for booking less than a week or 2 out..)The big exception is....US requires 7 days adv for these holiday fares..United has no advance notice needed. This is where CCY marketing and pricing in its infinite daily wisdom is not up to speed with the competition and this is why U loses business..Its no longer tit for tat same,everyone has the same fare, you used to be able to quote and research like clockwork scenario and everyone matched. NO LONGER TRUE!The people in charge of pricing and monitoring fares have been doing a pi$$poor job of late.If I am not mistaken Us started these holiday fares before anyone else, dont quote me but I think so. It started out as 10 day adv then went to 7 day,then there are higher levels in some markets with zero advance..There is no consistency in advance within the same airline or between, they're scattered all over the place.More job security for pricing and more frustration trying to sell and reissue these fares.
If anything the fares are getting MORE not LESS complicated in an industry which should be looking for less complications. The airlines are a good 75pct victim of themselves,25 pct outside circumstances. That's how I see it.And no pricing reformations on the horizon.