The Perversity of Airline Pricing

My wife bought my son a ticket from New York to London to Lisbon for $850. She then tried to get a ticket for herself for just the London to Lisbon leg, since her employer would fly her to London. If the whole 4400 mile trip cost $850, how much do you think that last 984 miles will run you?

$1100.

Well, at least on American Airlines, which is where she got my son's ticket. But she noticed the last leg was operated by British Airways. So she tried again with them.

$300.

The exact same seat on the exact same flight, purchased on the exact same day, was almost 300% more expensive purchased from one airline than from another.

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