Its terrible. Airline mergers. there used to be four airlines with nonstop directs to slc out of nyc, then it fell to three when united and continental merged. and jet blue only has one late night flight, so doesnt impact the market much. then i believe united very recently decided to drop their nonstops to slc out of newark - they no longer appear on the most recent schedules - so now the only real option is delta. hence a lot of pricing power, which they are happily using. i am flying to slc for a trip to alta with my family over president's week/end, and even with making the trip monday to monday to avoid the worst of the pricing, the flights were still more than what i paid 2-3 years ago for the good saturday morning flights.
the "consumer-friendly" era of air travel pricing has ended with all of the recent consolidation. Given the 30-year history of massive cumulative losses and numerous bankruptcies, it is challenging to begrudge the the ftc too much for allowing all of the mergers to pass antitrust review, but it sure isn't fun when you are trying to travel on a route that now has basically one carrier with a monopoly.