Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280
^^^ Again, you are using longer stays or something. I do this ALL the time and have booked them myself and through our company's travel agent and you can't get a 1 or 2 night stay for less than $850-900 unless you plan it 1 month or longer out. In any case it's absurd because I can book a round-trip ticket to Denver for $180 that far in advance and it's almost the same distance.
Well comparing Tom In Chicago to Nowhereman, it just looks like the "Saturday night stay" rule is making Tom's fare cheaper and Nowhereman's expensive.
But there's also booking classes (refundability, etc.). Nowhereman, what booking class are you being given for your fare? The order (this assumes economy class), from most expensive to least expensive, is roughly:
Y (fully refundable), B; M, E, U; H, Q; V, W, G; S, T, K, L.
So, your travel agent might be getting you a slightly more expensive booking class so that you can avoid certain penalties/fees for cancellations and changes. Not too uncommon for business travel. Enjoy the frequent flyer miles (you can get a higher multiple with the highest booking classes).