Next week I need to fly to Denver so I was booking my trip today.
Although DEN is a United hub, United dropped all direct flights to Charlotte maybe 5 years ago so US Airways can cover them and just code share with UA.
US, the infamous LCC for low cost carrier (although operating costs do not equate to low prices for customers), wanted $1,900 for the route I wanted.
Delta wanted $707 and even Southwest wanted almost $800.
Who had the best price? American at just over $450 so I will be flying them.
I just can’t rationalize 4x as much for a direct. I didn’t even look at times it was so outlandish. I checked Delta times but they fit my schedule worse for this trip. I had to go with third place. At least when AA and US merge it might count for something. Otherwise I’m just a hub captive forced to pony up big bucks or connect. I’d rather have a job so I chose the connection.