I’m back from the ol’ vacation and it’s good to see some things haven’t changed while I was gone. The WSJ has an article about the complete insanity of airline pricing (blah blah blah blah), but this is actually rather interesting. Scott McCartney brings up a number of examples where first class seats are considerably cheaper than their more cramped coach class cousins. US Airways, for example, has a $2,412 r/t coach seat available at the end of this month from Philly to San Diego. Or you can buy the first class ticket for $524 round trip. The best part is that airlines can in any way rationalize this, as US Airways’ spokesperson tries to do: “We’ve got to match everything out there.”
That the airline even finds this remotely acceptable speaks volumes, methinks.