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Case where one-way domestic fare significantly more than 1/2 roundtrip

Old Jun 19, 19, 9:02 am
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Case where one-way domestic fare significantly more than 1/2 roundtrip

I was under the impression that domestic one way fares were usually half of the round trip fare (I know that this does not apply to most foreign trips). Searching ORD-EUG, the RT fare is significantly less than the OW fare. RT is $419, each of the one ways is $319. Why?
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:10 am
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Generally speaking, one-way travelers are more price inelastic than those on return tickets. Revenue Management uses this to their advantage.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:14 am
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Is it the same inventory? Without details (dates and flights), no one can really answer your question.

While domestic OW is usually priced as half RT, that's not always the case.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:17 am
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Is it the same inventory? Without details (dates and flights), no one can really answer your question.

While domestic OW is usually priced as half RT, that's not always the case.
Looking, for example, at the non-stops on August 20 to 24.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by ewazak View Post
Looking, for example, at the non-stops on August 20 to 24.
Because you can't access the L, T, or S inventory on a one-way. The cheapest one-way fare is a W.

btw, want to talk about the absurd complexity of UA's fare structure? They offer six different L fares on this route, and at least twelve different Ws.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:42 am
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The legacies still have roundtrip fares (which are cheaper than two one-way's) on numerous routes which have little or no LCC competition. If you have an EF account, it's easy to find them. Some other examples of western routes with roundtrip fare filings on UA out of ORD include RDM, BOI, GEG, BZN, BIL, JAC, FAT, etc. They all have some sort of minimum stay requirement in addition to the roundtrip booking requirement. If you don't meet the minimum stay requirement, you will be upfared to two one-way fares. Here's the text of the most common minimum stay requirements for these fares. Your Saturday return meets the requirement of the cheaper roundtrip fares. If you returned on Friday Aug 23rd, you wouldn't meet the minimum stay requirement and the fare would simply be the combination of two one-way fares (at a higher price). The requirements are meant to target business flyers who typically fly trips like Sun - Thu or Mon - Fri (neither of which meets the requirement below).

WHEN DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN IS SUN THEN TRAVEL
FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN THE
FIRST FRI AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN.
OR - WHEN DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN IS MON THROUGH
FRI THEN TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE
NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SAT AFTER DEPARTURE
FROM FARE ORIGIN.
OR - WHEN DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN IS SAT THEN
TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO
EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE FROM
FARE ORIGIN.

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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:53 am
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Which is to say

Originally Posted by ewazak View Post
I was under the impression that domestic one way fares were usually half of the round trip fare (I know that this does not apply to most foreign trips). Searching ORD-EUG, the RT fare is significantly less than the OW fare. RT is $419, each of the one ways is $319. Why?
Usually yes, but not in this market. It helps UA has a monopoly on the city pair.

Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Because you can't access the L, T, or S inventory on a one-way. The cheapest one-way fare is a W.

btw, want to talk about the absurd complexity of UA's fare structure? They offer six different L fares on this route, and at least twelve different Ws.
To be fair, it seems to be two W fares (WAA2 and WFA7) with the associated fare families (BN, ER, DN, FN, /FLX3, and whatever the /FLXT is).
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
Which is to say

Usually yes, but not in this market. It helps UA has a monopoly on the city pair.

To be fair, it seems to be two W fares (WAA2 and WFA7) with the associated fare families (BN, ER, DN, FN, /FLX3, and whatever the /FLXT is).
It's not so much non-stop route monopolies but more to do with having a dominant hub on one end (like ORD for UA) and whether or not there is LCC competition. If you are a business flyer who only flies shorter midweek trips, you may never notice them because of the minimum stay requirements on them. That doesn't mean they don't exist. In extreme cases like DL in DTW where there is little non-stop LCC competition (DL doesn't really take NK as serious LCC competition), the vast majority of routes have roundtrip fare filings.

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Old Jun 19, 19, 1:05 pm
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Often one ways domestically are half the round trip. Other times, they aren't. Always pays to look.

Even out here in CVG, we had that consistently for a while - maybe a couple of years. Then a little while ago, it seemed to go away on many destinations. Now seems to be back. So I always check both ways to see what makes more sense.
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Originally Posted by ewazak View Post
I was under the impression that domestic one way fares were usually half of the round trip fare
I rarely fly domestic routes where this is the case.
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Originally Posted by ewazak View Post
I was under the impression that domestic one way fares were usually half of the round trip fare (I know that this does not apply to most foreign trips). Searching ORD-EUG, the RT fare is significantly less than the OW fare. RT is $419, each of the one ways is $319. Why?
false impression. 1/2 of 2 does not always equal 1.
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