UA adopting CO fare structure?

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  1. Erasmus
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    Has anyone else noticed annoying routing restrictions popping up on UA fares of late? For example, most of the (cheaper) SAN/ORD fares are now non-stop only, which never used to be the case. CO, OTOH, frequently employed such restrictions in their fares IME. Definitely a big step backwards, especially since the last non-stop is usually too early for my needs.
     
  2. Xyzzy
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    That's interesting, as i"ve noticed that some CO fares seem to have inherited UA language, like f;)ur transfers each direction, etc.
     
  3. Hannaman
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    Seems this has been going on for a while now.
     
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  5. I hope he's right. I've seen a LOT of UA (domestic) routing rules that require non-stop travel. Hopefully the big push that UA made to mimic the CO routing rules will continue to reverse trend...
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    They're both right. CO switched to the UA fare classes and structure in terms of their B fares. UA has been reducing routing options for discount fares on routes where they offer non-stop service, similar to how CO used to price them. CO was even more draconian, with different fare buckets for non-stop and connecting service (e.g. W & E were the same fare but one was for connecting and the other for non-stop) which got in the way of things like SDC, too.

    CO has been very strong at cost-control and routing rules for the past few years. They've made it VERY hard to get good MR deals unless there is a mistake somewhere. That's not always the case but it is more than not. Of course, the current $700 NYC-TYO fares that allow routing via GUM don't completely suck. :)
     
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    Bookable as a UA tix as well?
     
  8. ifly153
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    I'm unaware of recent routing restrictions. But from what I understand, United tightened their routing restrictions on cheap fares since about March/April of last year, especially through their hubs. Prior to that, I could easily route something like SFO-LAX-SAN-ORD on L fares, but now the only options are SFO-ORD direct.
     
  9. I don't pay attention to routing restrictions from the standpoint that I tend to buy what is cheaper, balanced with getting me there and and when I want. Also, which airfare is likely to give me a bump opportunity. I have noticed the last month that UA fares are more competitive in International markets. Typically they are either most expensive, but now they are a lot closer in price if they are. There again, it could just be seasonal and they go back to high price leader.

    Maybe UA is keeping a few CO folks from Houston :p There should be lots of talent on the street to start a few new airlines as the economy improves.
     
  10. From NYC
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    The change in CO's B fares to UA's was a big blow I'm still trying to find the right libation combination to get over!
     
  11. No big deal. Why wouldn't you book the non-stop anyway.
     
  12. Misplaced Texan
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    Two reasons for me:
    1. Non-stop options from the WAS market usually mean traipsing out to IAD. I would rather single-connect out of DCA (five to ten minutes from both home and office) than deal with IAD (an hour plus with traffic).
    2. I sometimes have to weave together a flight schedule around conference calls. For example, today I had the choice of going non-stop very late in the day or taking a flight part way and then having a long connection to do a couple of calls and then getting the rest of the way home. The connection allowed me to do all of the things I needed and get home three hours earlier than I would have if I had waited until I was done with calls and then taken the non-stop.
     
  13. Phudnik
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    It works both ways. I noticed the other day that refundable fares from PHL to LAX/SFO on UA, which had been E or Q fares, are now coded as B. This makes me happy.
     

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