How can this be? Flight cost question.

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Feb 5th, 2008, 03:28 PM
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How can this be? Flight cost question.

It costs twice as much on US Airways fo fly from PHL to St. Thomas than it does to fly from WAS to PHL and then St. Thomas. Why does the additional leg make it cheaper? Shouldn't it be the opposite? Assuming there is no logic, does anyone know a way around this? We'd like to fly from PHL, instead of WAS, because we'll have our baby with us and would like to avoid a layover. Thanks.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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Competition.

Air fares have nothing to do with distances, connections but a lot to do with competition.

If airline aaa and bbb offer WAS-STT flights for $500, airline ccc(USir) has to match it even though they have to fly you through PHL. If there is no competition from PHL then USAir will charge whatever they want.

This is the simple explanation but basically that's how air fares work.
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Feb 6th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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In addition, I think there is also an underlying assumption that people will pay more to fly non-stop.

But I have to ask, on what dates does it cost twice as much?
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