I was perusing my email and came across this doozy from Delta offering $69 fares between SFO and OAK. It came in the form of the weekly web-only fare alerts it sends me. At just $69 each way between OAK and SFO, Delta’s fare beats cab fare. (You know what they say about things that seem to good to be true…See below for the full story)
Ahhh yes, there must be a glitch in the system, because when I went to take advantage of this special web-only fare, it told me what I already knew. There are no Delta flights between SFO and OAK.
But it’s sure fun to ponder the idea…We contacted Delta and they said it was simply an honest mistake.
I little late to this, but I remember when United used to have regularly scheduled SFO-OAK flights on 737s maybe 4 times a day. It was supposedly the shortest leg on the way to Denver, but one could always schedule just SFO-OAK or vice-versa. I saw a TV news (was it ABC?) fluff piece on that particular route. Some people would just book it (maybe even round-trip the same day) in order to get the mileage. Each way counted as 400 miles for their frequent flier program.
I was in a travel agent’s office as a kid in the early 80s when I picked up an Air Cal schedule book. They had some really short haul flights scheduled, including OAK-SJC. My memory was that full fare was something like $8, or at least something that would seem ridiculously low today.
Tom McShane says
I read about the SFO-OAK flight…sounds crazy to me.
Back around 1958-60 each weekend for maybe 2 months AA (or was it PAA?) offered round trip “flightseeing” excursions of about 1 hour duration from Idlewild Airport to get folks introduced to the 707. I can’t recall the exact year but me and a buddy took one of those trips. I think the cost was $10.
It was amazing…we flew over Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn, over the Narrows (long before there was a Verrazano Bridge) with a full view of lower Manhattan/Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, down the Jersey Shore making a wide turn back towards Manhattan. We flew right smack in middle of the Hudson River north to Tarrytown, turned East over Long Island Sound, going all the way past Montauk and Block Island turning back seeing Fire Island, Jones Beach, Long Beach, The Rockaways, and finally on the ground.
I grew up in that area, had only flown commercially once before-a DC3 to Washington DC with my dad. This was a wonderful introduction to the new age of flying with jet aircraft.
I’m going to book me a flight immediately!
hhow soon do i need to be at the airport for a mroning flight friday?