UAL Pricing SNA - SFO

 
Old Feb 10, 08, 2:05 am
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UAL Pricing SNA - SFO

I did a quick search but couldn't find anything.

Is it me or has the prices of fares for this leg gone way up. I swear last year I was able to get fares right around 300 or even less. The lowest I'm seeing in 2008 is $410 and that's booking a month out! It's hard to justify the price difference of a last minute fare UAL $800, SW $261.

Last year i made 1p on segments alone. It's mid feb and I still have 0 legs.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by orisky View Post
I did a quick search but couldn't find anything.

Is it me or has the prices of fares for this leg gone way up. I swear last year I was able to get fares right around 300 or even less. The lowest I'm seeing in 2008 is $410 and that's booking a month out! It's hard to justify the price difference of a last minute fare UAL $800, SW $261.

Last year i made 1p on segments alone. It's mid feb and I still have 0 legs.
SNA-SFO is a monopoly for United. UA uses this route for connections and not for o/d. United pretty much acquiesced the Socal/Bay Area market to WN (Except LAX-SFO). Even AS is pulling out SNA-OAK.

However you will find cheap fares for weekend specials. They usually come out with the weekly e-fares.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 6:35 am
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Cheaper prices are showing online:

Round-Trip Price: USD 158.00+



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Round-Trip Price: USD 176.00+



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Old Feb 10, 08, 7:03 am
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I just booked RIC-ORD-SNA-SFO-LAX as the outbound portion of a $168+ mileage run in L. The 752 on SNA-SFO is wide open (F9, NF9, L9).
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Old Feb 10, 08, 10:01 am
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Originally Posted by wharvey View Post
Cheaper prices are showing online:
Round-Trip Price: USD 176.00+
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Thanks for the replies, but that price is a President's day special. I'm primarily a business traveller so a more applicable date would be Feb 19-21, which the cheapest is then $435.

Even when I price this out a month to March 25-27, the low price is $415.

I do occassionally go up to SF for personal trips and that's when efares definitely help, but for the business travel, I guess I'll have to fly SWA.


*and can someone point me to the terminology glossary
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Old Feb 10, 08, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by ual744777sta View Post
SNA-SFO is a monopoly for United.
Actually AA has service on this route with RJs.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by orisky View Post
It's hard to justify the price difference of a last minute fare UAL $800, SW $261.
I have similar "problems" with SFO-ONT where UA (with RJ equipment) is in my experience usually twice as as expensive as WN from OAK or SJC. E.g., $389 RT for an April 11-13 RT (WN: $128-$179 depending on time of the day). If UA can fill their planes at those prices, good for them, but my money in those cases will go to WN.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 11:53 am
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United also dropped the LAX-SNA route, meaning flights now need to route thru SFO to get to SNA. This certainly increased demand which would allow them to increase prices. http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/2007/1...d-to-drop.html
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*and can someone point me to the terminology glossary
Take a look at this thread for info on UA and FT.

The glossary link is in the first post of that thread

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Old Feb 10, 08, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by orisky View Post
I did a quick search but couldn't find anything.

Is it me or has the prices of fares for this leg gone way up. I swear last year I was able to get fares right around 300 or even less. The lowest I'm seeing in 2008 is $410 and that's booking a month out! It's hard to justify the price difference of a last minute fare UAL $800, SW $261.

Last year i made 1p on segments alone. It's mid feb and I still have 0 legs.

I feel your pain. I too fly this route quite often and with UA dropping the commuters planes from BUR-LAX, and SNA-LAX, and SAN-SNA that has just made the fares skyrocket . I have had to fly WN once (I've only done that 2x in the past 3 years) and on my next trip it was cheaper to fly SMF-SFO-SNA on UA ($215 vs $415) then direct. In the long run it means either flying to LAX or finding another solution WN will just not work out for me long term.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 6:06 pm
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I feel your pain too. I used to fly RNO-SFO weekly on UA and have had to switch to WN into OAK. UA's price is 3x higher than WN - $339 vs $109. UA has a monopoly on this route too and prices are ridiculous plus reliability is terrible. Cancellations are frequent - so are delays.

While flying into OAK is inconvenient for me, I'm impressed with WN. They rarely cancel and when they do have a delay it isn't usually more than 30 min. Planes are generally new and clean. Drinks are free after a couple of flights.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 7:03 pm
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I just checked American and it's the exact same price, $415 a month out. I guess i'll just be racking up free flights on the cattlecar.

I work in the software industry where acronyms are abundant but I think this forum takes the cake

Thanks!

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Old Feb 10, 08, 7:14 pm
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Yep. But full fare LAX-SFO is not much better. Around $1100 for a B fare round trip.
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Old Feb 10, 08, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by auh2o View Post
Yep. But full fare LAX-SFO is not much better. Around $1100 for a B fare round trip.
I just priced out LAX to SFO. last minute (tomorrow), as low as $300. 14+ days out, $109. no way i'm making the 1hr drive
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Old Feb 10, 08, 9:13 pm
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Not fun to have this route be so expensive. Strange considering san-sfo and lax-sfo can be so cheap and have so many flight options. I did book a midweek flight the other day(about 8 days out) ord-sna-sfo-ord that was only 430 and the ord-sna and sfo-ord legs took up about 350 of the price.

As a 1k, it is a big advantage to be able to change same day pretty easily, thus making the other options better.

i'm moving to orange county in a few months and will be making the perilus drive to LAX regularly - just as much for the regular direct flights to NY, sfo, SEA, PDX, etc as the price.
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