Why codeshare flights are more expensive?

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  1. jk2
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    I am going to HKG in late June from TPA and would like to try new airlines (Korean Air, China Eastern, for example). However, I've noticed that if the flight (DL codeshare) is operated by Korean Air or China Eastern (for example from LAX or JFK), DL only offers only B,M or Y fares, which brings the total fare up to $5K. For comparison, if I fly only on DL, the fare is ~$2K. Does Delta do it for purpose? I've tried different dates and never saw LUT or other lowest fares on codeshares.
     
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    This is just a guess, but maybe since its a code share they book according to Korean air or china eastern.
     
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    Air China or China Southern is better though.
     
  4. MSPeconomist
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    It might be because DL is allocated only a few seats under the codeshare agreement and then DL's revenue management does its thing to maximize profits. Once a few seats are sold, only expensive fare codes are offered. Does delta.dumb offer the flights under their own numbers too, at lower fare codes on their partners?

    OTOH, one might ask why codeshares should matter. I would guess fly-American rules for government and government contract people, FF miles earnings, and alliance upgrade opportunities.
     

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