Pricing differences - glitch between VX and AS?

Old Nov 7, 17, 8:12 am
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Pricing differences - glitch between VX and AS?

Yesterday I pulled the trigger on a deal when I noticed a very nice price difference between VX and AS on a code-shared (VX metal) fare from SFO to PVR in F.

VX has always been asking for $990 pp for the fare. AS had the fare at $860 pp. The plan was to use VX CC too. But yesterday, when AS's fare dropped to $525 pp and VX's hadn't changed, I just took the bait from AS with the VX card anyway. Why is AS undercutting VX? Maybe I'll get bonus points on CC in the end anyway.

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Old Nov 7, 17, 8:33 am
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It was probably just weird timing or limited inventory on that flight, hard to say. I just checked a random day in April (Tues., 4/24) and both VX & AS are offering F for $531/pp. You can even get it down to $368/pp if you take UA via IAH.

You may want to check again, perhaps it's changed?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by NoLaGent View Post
It was probably just weird timing or limited inventory on that flight, hard to say. I just checked a random day in April (Tues., 4/24) and both VX & AS are offering F for $531/pp. You can even get it down to $368/pp if you take UA via IAH.

You may want to check again, perhaps it's changed?

Nope and wow!!... $correction ($999) pp departure: March 31st. VX price

Now AS has the same price as VX... Hope I keep the price I have now..


Think this is Spring Break weekend perhaps here in the Bay Area. Used points to snag OW PVR-SFO on the last t F seats a couple weeks ago.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 1:59 pm
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Did just a little bit more investigating and discovered that the AS nonstop flight from SFO to PVR has six seats in F that are unassigned at the moment. AS and VX doesn't give the option to purchase seat on this flight as well (3/31/2018).

Guess it must be some sort of group purchase by TA or Corp. I'm thinking it would be odd for three couples or six people to no select a seat. VX is still offering to sell four seats at the $999 fare on their outbound flight though.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by Zacnlinc View Post
Did just a little bit more investigating and discovered that the AS nonstop flight from SFO to PVR has six seats in F that are unassigned at the moment. AS and VX doesn't give the option to purchase seat on this flight as well (3/31/2018).

Guess it must be some sort of group purchase by TA or Corp. I'm thinking it would be odd for three couples or six people to no select a seat. VX is still offering to sell four seats at the $999 fare on their outbound flight though.
I just looked in the mobile app and both flights were $554 on that date. Strange on the As flight all six seats selected are on the left leaving entire right side open.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 11:26 am
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@johnp012001. I just checked as well and be careful, there's an AS nonstop flight that departs 2 hrs later than the VX nonstop. Both websites for the VX flight has the same pricing: $999 pp.

However, now the AS flight has one seat in F available at $659. But still, there are 5 unassigned seats in F. Looks like AS is going to undercut VX until the very end perhaps.
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