Yesterday there was an uproar all over the web that all the airlines were price gouging those evacuating Florida from hurricane Irma. Some airline people quickly jumped in and said supply and demand and they can charge whatever they want. Clearly the airlines, including Delta, got the message and adjusted their pricing to more rational maximum levels.
But some on the web are claiming the airlines are doing all this for “charity” and are “losing money” on these flights. Well, maybe not so much. Let’s look at the numbers per FlightAware.com
Delta, per the numbers yesterday, was charging across the board $189 for a coach ticket one way. Well, the median price for that ticket on a given day would be $169 and FareDetective.com suggests the average price is $162. So hardly a losing fare I would say. As to 1st class, sure that is about half price off the median price but considering they are making about an extra $20 per coach ticket, and selling out each seat and flying 100% full as well, I think they will come out just fine on those few discounted 1st class seats! 😉
The other airlines at $99 may be taking a bit of a hit but not by that much. Heck, if Frontier charged $99 that would be a premium over the normal median price for this flight.
So like all things on the web, take the info with a grain of salt. If some are claiming the airlines are price gouging that is likely way over blown and not true. But at the same time, when airline folks tell you the airlines are doing these flights for charity or flying at a loss – that also is not in line with the facts either! – René