I've done a lot of research into airline pricing and even in my book I talk about some of Delta's and US Airways' problems. On an earlier blog post I discussed how terrible it would be for the consumer if Delta and US Airways merged. It's a commonly known fact that Delta and its partners (Continental mainly) often piggyback flights. Same goes for US Airways and United. I'm speaking in Orlando next weekend and had to book a return flight. Look at the screenshot below and decide for me if I should book the $255 seat or the $420 seat. Note: it's the same plane, and it's up to me if I'd rather pay $255 or $420.
>>> And we wonder why these airlines are in trouble. I normally fly Delta so I checked their pricing for flights at the same time and their price was $678. They had 23 seats left. If Delta has 23 seats to sell with only 8 days to go and they're pricing them at $678, good luck. Why are they so clueless?