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Should I be concerned that the new American will phase out their hub at PHL? Also, AA pricing?
Hello. I live in the Philly region and I am very worried about the AA/US merger. As you are aware, US Airways gets us where we need to go when we travel out of PHL. With the merger, should I be concerned that the new American will phase out their hub at PHL? If that isn’t the case, will they eliminate the amount of destinations they currently fly to? Shall the new American phase out the PHL hub, is it likely a new carrier swoops in and make a new hub with the same amount of destinations US Airways currently has?
My second question is regarding the new reservation/pricing system the new American will put in place. Again, as you are aware, American now as it is is much more expensive price wise than US Airways. For example, a flight PHL-LHR in business class on US Airways.com is around $2400. The same exact flight on American.com is $4300. With that said, will the new reservation system use the high American prices, the reasonable US Airways prices, or an adverage of the two?
Thank you and please let me know if I am worrying over nothing.
@ Philly Flyer — I actually think PHL will remain a popular hub with the merger; I don’t see them downsizing it, so I don’t think you have anything to be worried about.
As far as the reservations system goes, it’ll probably be a combo of the two. The reason you’re seeing fare differences is due to codesharing, and ultimately sometimes that leads to higher prices, and sometimes that leads to lower prices. I wouldn’t expect the new pricing to be consistently higher or lower across the board.