Another sign of an impending fare war comes out of Chicago today with American Airlines attacking SkyTeam and Star Alliance routes to Amsterdam and Paris (Air France/KLM/Delta SkyTeam routes) and Frankfurt and Munich (Lufthansa/United/Star Alliance routes) for limited departure dates from October 6-20. So far there is no response from Delta or United on these routes, but low United fares out of Newark to Europe and low American fares out of Chicago seem to indicate this could be another fare war weekend with the major alliances lowering ticket prices today on prime routes to Europe like London and Paris.
Update Fri July 8, 4:00pm Pacific time: Fare War On. UA beats AA Germany fares. AA drops London, Amsterdam and Paris low fares.
AA raised its fares to London, Paris and Amsterdam. Munich and Frankfurt still at prices shown here. Major change is United matched/beat American Airlines fares with a much longer availability window. United Airlines nonstop flights are $603 round trip Chicago -Munich and $620 Chicago ORD – Frankfurt Oct 15-Dec 15.
American Airlines adjusted and expanded its low fare departure dates:
AA Chicago – Frankfurt $631 Nov 18 – Dec 15.
AA Chicago Munich $616 Oct 22 – Nov 12.
American $631 ORD-FRA Nov 18-Dec 15 departure dates.
American Airlines Chicago – Europe Low Fares
Oct 6-20 departures only
Chicago ORD – London LHR $592 (AA $611 nonstop flights)
American Airlines Chicago ORD – Paris CDG (nonstop) – Charlotte CLT – Chicago ORD
$557.56 Sat Oct 8 – Sun Oct 16
American Airlines Chicago ORD – London LHR – Chicago ORD nonstop flights
$610.56 Sat Oct 8 – Sun Oct 16
American had similar fares on these routes at $40 to $50 lower last Sunday, July 3 and Delta and United were matching. I would not be surprised if DL and UA match these fares or drop them even lower this weekend.
Loyalty Traveler – AA/DL/UA Chicago to Paris $499, Amsterdam $466, London $534, Moscow $481 (Sun July 3).
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