Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:20 PM
Problem is that Southwest has become one of the more expensive airlines to fly, at least in North Carolina.
I have been searching for flights to Los Angeles this summer, and southwest was usually the most expensive airline out of raleigh. USAir tends to be more expensive out of Charlotte, but they have direct flights to many places. I finally ended up buying flights on Delta to LAX, direct flight and it was 50 bucks cheaper than any other airline, and a 100 bucks cheaper than Southwest.
Fwiw, I am not sure that the airline merger really will cause prices to go up. They said the same thing irt the other big mergers, and yet airline fares aren't much more than they were four years ago. IMO, the price of oil has much more of an impact than mergers.
And if the prices do go up, it will mean more discount airlines will move into areas dominated by the big boys. Case in point, Frontier airlines just announced flights from Greensboro to Denver at $198 round trip. From Denver, they have flights all over the western US.