I took the scenic route

On my way to look at a couch last night, I happened to see a sign in someone’s yard regarding the Wright Amendment. Simply put, the words did not fall on the side of the line where the majority of the people are on the issue. Then I started wondering – whose yard was that? Someone with AA? Someone with DFW? Who ever it was, I am sure they are unaware that a pre-planned trip from Austin to New York (JFK), non-stop, on JetBlue will run in the neighborhood of $177, but the same trip on AA leaving from DFW is nearly $100 more. Top that with the fact that the cheapest flight to JFK from DFW is on ATA and it is still $10 more than JetBlue, and there is a stop in Chicago.

With the lifting of the Wright Amendment, I think we would not only see more competitive fares, but also more competition in general, with carriers like JetBlue willing to finally come to DFW (or Love Field) because AA will have lost its thunder and no longer be able to bully the smaller airlines.

And I am not getting that couch I went to see. I am getting another one.

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