Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nonstop v Connecting - Who's still charging a premium

Last year, we did an analysis for USA Today or AP about the differences in airfare between nonstop flights and connecting. Today, AP were after a quote about price drops and just by accident noticed that US Airways has a nonstop flight from Philly to San Diego (and no one else has). The price for that flight on US has come down from over $700 in September to $338. Of course the cheapest is lower still at $200, but you get to spend time in DFW airport to save the $138.

Last year US Airways were charging some ridiculous premium for flying nonstop between Portland, Oregon and Philadelphia - i t hink it was around $600. They've since canned the service - I wonder why....

I decided to see what the top differentials are now, (looking only at the top 50 cities in the US)

So here's the top 5 list.

1. Nonstop flights from San Antonio to Washington are exclusively United - and they are charging a premium of nearly $400 over Spirit (mind you i might pay that....)

2. Nonstop flights from Memphis to Salt Lake City - provided by the NW/DL megalosaurus will cost you over $300 to save 2 hours in travel time.

3. Nonstop flights from Detroit to Pittsburgh - a flight of just over 200 miles - will cost you a $200 premium courtesy again of Delta/Northwest

4. Travel from Honolulu to Las Vegas on American is around $410, but it connects in LAX and adds two hours to the journey.
Or you can pay an extra $200, save the 2 hours in travel time and fly on Hawaiian.

5. Direct flights from Boston to Indianapolis on US Airways will take another $200 out your pocket over the lowest $160 airfare from Airtran

Generally speaking though - there are a lot less premiums being charged for nonstops than there were even at the start of the year, and especially compared to last summer as airlines as slashing airfares even on routes where they control the lions share of the market due to nonstops.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Weekly Deals On United

This morning I got my normal weekly email from United with weekend deals. I normally don't click through on these emails as they never target the offers in the mail to me. Its always deals out of Los Angeles or flights from Kalamazoo. But today I did.

Some pretty good flights out of Durango for this weekend. Carl and Doug were talking about going to the Tour of California - turns out you can leave early Saturday on a flight to Santa Ana, return Monday for about $200 all in. Pretty damn good. I'm sorely tempted to go see the stage up Mt Palomar - that would be epic standing up there watching them come past.

Another deal United had on for this weekend and next, is to/from Dallas. Works out about $230/$240. I guess DMR's special that they are running with Frontier is taking traffic away from United. Trying to get Rick to come up skiing. Barry & Carin might show up next weekend.

Friday, February 13, 2009

United Airlines - Flight Upgrade Coupons

I flew a lot last year - at least it felt like it to me. As a result I almost got to 1K status on United but was too lazy to do the last couple of flights that would have got me the status.

Anyway, on the way back from Scotland at Xmas, I had upgraded Gregor and myself to first class on the leg from Chicago to Denver. Normally I'd expect a 757 or 737 on that flight, so imagine my surprise when i found out it was a 777 - same ones as UA flies internationally. So just for grins today, its a slow Friday, I poked the flight schedules database to see what other flights are 777's in the US - with the idea that in the current economic climate you must stand a better chance of getting an upgrade on these flights with coupons than any other.

United's Flights


American's Flights


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Top 10 Airports by Bums on Seats

Been doing some SEO work lately on the site, and as part of it decided to create a ranking system for cities and airports based on the number of seats that fly out daily.

Here's the top 10

ATL Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta
LHR Heathrow, London
HND Haneda, Tokyo
PEK Beijing Capital, China
ORD O Hare, Chicago
CDG Charles De Gaulle, Paris
LAX Los Angeles International, Los Angeles
DFW Dallas/Ft Worth International, Dallas
MAD Barajas, Madrid
FRA Frankfurt International, Frankfurt

I thought it was interesting that Tokyo and Beijing are now in the top 5 - i need to go check out historically to see where they have been. Might be a sign of the times, that the Far East is going to be the center of business and not the US or Europe.

Oh, and BTW Durango comes in at position 1118 :) Ron assures me he's working on it..

Monday, February 02, 2009

More Cheap Airfare Out Of Durango

This year is definitely turning out to the year of the airfare sale.
10am this morning - out pops the usual list of alerts from our all seeing app.

Quite a few places for less than $300, which last year would have been unthinkable, with
Frontier driving most of the sales at the moment, with United and US Airways happy to match.

Todays Flights from Durango