You know what time it is, kids? That’s right, it’s Ask Cranky time! (I need to get out more often.) There have been some great questions coming into the inbox lately. Please keep it up, as I’m always more than happy to answer them.

I’m traveling from ROA->SFO in June and SFO->BOS a week later in on UA, and I bought a ticket last week for $456. Today, that same fare, on the same flights is $95 less. That makes no sense to me. Are the UA systems watching minute-to-minute demand for the legs of that trip and ramping up the price as the demand goes up? As demand goes down, do the prices the go down? How can they plan any sort of revenue stream for this? I understand the need to maximize their income, but part of the problem, as I see it is that the flying public sees stuff like this and doesn’t know how to plan. Would the the airlines just be better off just setting a seat price and sticking with it?

Bob from Virginia

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    My name is Brett, and I’m an airline dork. I’ve had the bug since I was young. As a kid, I never missed a chance to go to LAX a…

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