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What's the sense in this?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Pocatello, Jan 12, 2010.

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  1. Pocatello

    Pocatello Active Member

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    My wife and I are considering a trip to the Big Island in May. We have been to Maui, Kauai, and Lanai, and now want to see the volcanoes. She checked with a travel agent today to get some idea of the cost. What she found on air fares makes absolutely no sense to me. A flight from Boise to Kona runs about $450 each plus tax. The Boise airport is about 235 miles from our house. A flight from Salt Lake City runs about $575 each plus tax. The SLC airport is about 160 miles from our house, about an hour closer. Now here's the part that makes no sense at all - the flight from Boise goes BOI to SLC to LAX to KOA, i.e. it's like Delta is PAYING us $125 to fly from Boise to Salt Lake City. Is it any wonder the airlines are in trouble?
     
  2. Beretta687EELL

    Beretta687EELL Well-Known Member

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    Nothing new. When I flew to Phoenix a few years ago, it was cheaper to fly from Buffalo to AZ through Detroit than to fly from Detroit direct. Bill Malcolm
     
  3. Bisi

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    Makes sense to the airlines, I guess. Years ago I knew people who would book a flight to Fl. when they wanted to go to Atlanta. From Indiana it was cheaper to fly to Florida than to ATL, even though all the flights stopped in ATL on the way to FL. People just wouldn't make the connecting flight to Fl and would stay in ATL.
     
  4. dverna

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    Bisi,
    Don't try that now. You will get a real surprise on the return leg.

    Don Verna
     
  5. Ljutic111

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    Priced a flight to New Orleans from NJ.Newark NJ to Detroit and then to N.O. was $275 and took 7hr with the lay-over ? Got a direct flight from Philly to N.O. for $245, 2hr15min . N.O. via Atlanta from Newark was $265 , Newark via Dallas to N.O. was the same $265 and all took 3-4 hr`s longer due to the lay-over ? Go figure .
     
  6. shot410ga

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    It's common to buy a round trip ticket, and use just one way. Because a round trip ticket is cheaper in many cases than a one way ticket. Hummmmmmmm, doesen't make sense does it?
     
  7. mixer

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    When you figure in the drive time from NJ to Philadelphia it probably works out to the same amount of total time.

    Eric
     
  8. Ljutic111

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    The difference in driving from my home to Newark is 30 minutes , to Philly it`s 50-55 minutes so 20 minutes doesn`t come close to 4 hr`s in having a lay-over . Plus the trip cost me less flying non-stop . That is a no brainer !!!! Flying to Puerto Rico is much cheaper than flying to Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico is farther ??? There is such a thing as flight charges at each air port to different airlines which makes some more expensive to fly with . If Spirit Air lines out of Atlantic City had a flight to N.O. I would have taken that for less that $25 -- yes thats right . Maybe even $9 each one way . Join the plan and they have great prices but you must take those days . I think a family joins for $25 ?? I`d just as soon pay those prices even with an 2 hr drive plus we get a free room at most casino`s if we need one to eliminate early morning travel or late arrivals and can stay down there before we drive home and get our free food and comps . Plus I wouldn`t have to drive back in a week since my wife would get her fix there !!!!!!!!!
     
  9. AveragEd

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    Back in 1996, I flew to Hal DuPont's in Vero Beach, Florida to pick wood for two new guns. A round-trip ticket from BWI was over $400 but a one-way was $99 if I left on a Thursday and returned after the following Sunday. I bought a one-way ticket for each direction, flew down Thursday morning on one ticket and back that evening on the other one.

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  10. Pocatello

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    EE, I don't think that would work. A few years ago, I misread my schedule on a flight from Pocatello to Spokane, and arrived after they had already closed boarding. I asked about driving to Salt Lake City to catch the second leg (the flight was PIH to SLC to GEG), but they told me that they had released my reservation from Salt Lake to Spokane when I didn't show for the first leg. I ended up driving to Spokane instead.
     
  11. Chichay

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    SLC is a Delta "hub". WARNING: If you are following EE's advice, make sure you RE-CONFIRM all your connecting flights. If you miss one leg of the itinerary, the airline MAY CANCEL the whole itinerary! Chichay
     
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