I am a very infrequent flier. In fact it has been a few years since I last boarded a plane. Yet, today, I found myself looking to book a flight to Chicago in a couple of months. I was quickly struck by the complete absence of logic in air fares. I suppose I should have expected this because in the past I have saved money by taking a flight from Dayton, Ohio with a connection in Cincinnati because it was cheaper than just boarding in Cincinnati and I never quite understood that.
So, today I found that I could fly from Cincinnati to Chicago for $361 or from Dayton to Chicago for $355, not much difference in cost and the distance is about three hundred miles either way. But here is where it gets weird. I could save over fifty dollars if I took a flight that had a connection……in Atlanta! So, I can travel approximately five hundred miles from Dayton to Atlanta and then seven hundred miles from Atlanta to Chicago and it is cheaper? I am trying to figure out how the airline makes money by charging less for me to fly four times the miles.
I wonder if I could reduce the cost even further by flying from Dayton to Los Angeles and then to Chicago or maybe to Honolulu first? Perhaps if I go to Chicago by way of Sydney, Australia they will have to pay me!