Jan 11, 2005, 9:44 PM
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For those of you who might not be aware of changes in prices for many US continental (if not international) flights, Delta has just announced a major change in pricing policy. The best I can tell, this causes a reduction in last minute flight booking fares and eliminates the need for a Saturday stay over to qualify for lower fares. This may have little or no affect on those of us who shop diligently for fares with restrictions, but the trade thinks this could adversely affect some almost bankrupt airlines.
Re: [ronau] Continental flying into Queretaro soon
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To misquote Southwest Airlines, they would need to ' raise their fares' to match these new ones by Delta. My gosh...can we ever get SW to fly to Mexico?
AND SW has formed an allaince with ATA, duplicating flights/flight numbers, theoretically helping both airlines to be more competitive on certain routes, especially hubbing in Chicago.
AND SW is trying to mount another legal challenge to the Wright Amendment, which for the non-Texans among us, limits destinations for flights out of Love Field in Dallas to,basically, neighboring states...this was enacted by congress to limit competition for DFW Airport thereby helping its initial competitive posture. AND, SW may pick up some DFW gates for the first time. Does all this tell you something?
Now what does this mean for Mexico? I just bet given the right circumstances SW could leap into Mexican service in a heart beat. IMHO. They are now a huge airline, and they don't want to make tiny increases in their business. That's not their style.
And no, SW doesn't run like a Rolex watch. They run like a Casio or Fossil, which keep much better time, are more efficient and are much more creative and change oriented. SW isn't jewelry. It is a jewel. And no, I do not own any shares of SW, though some of my mutual funds damn well better!!