Airline Math

Airport Sign Someone please help me. I am normally pretty sensible and usually approach things logically and will even dare to say that most times I can figure out the why behind something. This one has me stumped completely though and I am just wondering if there is some uber-geek out there (yeah, there are few others of you out there aside from myself) that can explain this to me.

Situation: I am flying from city A to city B. However, there is no direct flight from city A to city B, so I have to change planes close to city B, in city C. I can book that flight from A to B through C round trip for a nice fee of just over $200 including all taxes, fees, etc.

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