Two prices for one flight

Sep 22nd, 2003, 12:59 PM
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Two prices for one flight

I was looking at a round trip flight from Cleveland to San Diego. Continental offers tickets for about $333; Northwest offers tickets for $218. What puzzles me is that both offers are for the same flight, a Continental flight! How can there be such a disparity in the offering prices for the same ticket. Unless I misunderstand, I can use the miles earned with the Northwest ticket in my Continental frequent flyer program, so why pay Continental more for the same thing?
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Sep 22nd, 2003, 01:10 PM
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I am not convinced that this "code sharing" is passenger friendly to be quite honest.I ran into the same situation with a ticket to Capetown----if I boought the American codeshare version it would have been $450 more than the SouthAfrican ticket....same plane same situation.....
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Sep 22nd, 2003, 03:06 PM
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Absolutely. It pays to shop around. When we went to France this summer, there was a $200 per person difference between Delta and Air France for the same exact flights!
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Sep 22nd, 2003, 03:52 PM
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I had the same question in February for a late March flight from D.C. to Munich. At, I had a choice of the UA flight at $409, or the Lufthansa flight "operated by United" for $303. The exact same plane. Dirt cheap, tax included, roundtrip, nonstop, for $303.

Someone here explained that United sold a batch of the seats to Lufthansa for Lufthansa to offer to their customers. They didn't sell them well, I suppose, and unloaded them.
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Sep 22nd, 2003, 09:37 PM
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There are so many seats for each class (different fares). If NWA hasn't sold out the seats they have on hold, they can still sell at a lower price than Continental who has used up their seats.

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