Why are there so few deals from my airport?
It’s because I dislike Atlanta/Dallas/Phoenix/your city, of course. (Kidding!)
To better understand why there aren’t more cheap flights from certain cities, it’s helpful to look at why cheap flights pop up in the first place.
These are the two main factors:
- Size: It’s no coincidence that New York City is both the most populous city in the country and the capital of cheap flights. The more flyers there are, the more flights there are and thus the more opportunity for cheap ones.
- Competition: Though the two are often correlated, large cities don’t always have a lot of competition between airlines. (And of course, more competition = cheaper flights.)
Two of the cheapest cities for flights, New York City and Los Angeles, are also hubs for all three major American carriers (Delta, United, and American). On the contrary, many other large cities have just one dominant carrier, like Houston (United), Dallas (American), Atlanta (Delta), Phoenix (American), etc.
Though large international carriers also fly to these cities, they’re not as direct of competition as other major American carriers.
These are general principles, not hard rules. Sometimes airlines try to undersell flights in each others’ hubs, and sometimes cheap flights pop up by mistake.
But when thinking about why you’re not receiving more cheap flights departing certain cities, it’s not because I dislike your city (I don’t!) or because I’m not searching your city (I am!); 9 times out of 10 it’s because there’s not more competition between the airlines.