How the Lack of Parity in Domestic First Class Pricing Impacts the Cost of Loyalty

Locked-in loyalists get fleeced.

It’s easy to think that oil prices, competition, and mergers are the major determinants of domestic First Class fares.

They do play a role, but not as great as they do in determining economy class prices. Two less apparent factors largely determine domestic First Class prices: excess inventory and mileage program costs.

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