September 21, 2012: Speaking of gouging -- this has nothing to do with the Delta story, except for gouging. New York City is considering a $15 toll for the Verranzano Bridge (connects Staten Island and Brooklyn Island). This puts the story below in perspective.
September 19, 2012: As I comment below --
Now that I've had a night to sleep on it (the story), and given it a bit more thought, maybe it's not so bad. I realized when I first read the story these prices were targeted for businessmen on an expense account. It's a lot cheaper than owning one's own jet.
I can't get too excited. I over-reacted when I posted the story. As others have noted, this price will bring in competitors, and over time the prices should drop.
With regard to hotel/man-camp prices: if the $70 figure is accurate, I encourage folks to check the rates of hotels/motels in cities where the unemployment rate is less than 5%.I will leave the original post up, for archival purposes. [I took my older granddaughter horseback riding last weekend; it was an awesome experience. I thought the price for riding was very, very fair, but yet, it was expensive. But, like flying to Williston, it was much less expensive to rent a horse for one day of riding, than to own the horse which would probably be ridden once a week at most.]
Bottom line: I have no problem with airlines charging what they do. Life goes on.
Delta has announced prices for the Minneapolis to Williston flights: $550 to $700. The article does not say if that is round trip. It sounds like a one-way ticket the way the article is written but I could be wrong.
A one-way Boston-to-Los Angeles flight can be bought for $199. That's coast-to-coast. A $700 flight from Minneapolis to Williston is unconscionable. Even Delta had this to say:
Representatives with Delta say the nonstops aren’t just a way to get people to Williston, but to get those doing business there, to key markets around the world.Sure. And the government looks into gouging when service stations raise the price of gasoline along a hurricane evacuation route. Gimme a break. This makes Amtrak look like a bargain.
Remember, that's just the flight from Minneapolis. If you live in Texas or Louisiana, you still have to pay for a flight to get to Minneapolis. I hope the $700 ticket includes an in-flight meal.
A huge "thank you" for a reader sending me this link.