increased airfare

Feb 17th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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increased airfare

I booked our roundtrip flights to Glasgow a month or two ago. I've been watching to see if I did good in booking when I did, and now that exact same flight is $1632 higher. I'm extremely glad I booked early, but am wondering if this kind of increase is normal. Usually I let the travel company book our flights and never pay further attention to it. I booked approximately 9 months before we fly. Is that usually a good thing to do? New territory for me. Thanks.
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Feb 17th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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That seems like alot. We booked our tickets to Germany 3 weeks ago. They are up $140 from when we booked. With fuel prices rising I expect that they will go higher. Are they the same class and everything? Non refundable/refundable?
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Feb 17th, 2012, 07:48 PM
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One has to understand how airfare works on most airlines. At any moment, there can be multiple fare class available for purchase. Fare class is determined by one-way vs round trip, connections, return period, restrictions, and many more factors.

The fare of each fare class usually is pretty stable, but the number of seats the airline would sell for each class is always in flux. They may be bought up, or the airline can pull them out, or release them; based on complex algorithm they use to maximize revenue.

A full fare from US to Europe in economy can cost thousands of dollars, often more than a discounted business class fare. So, when you see a big jump in fares, it simply means the cheaper fare class is no longer available, for whatever reason.
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Feb 18th, 2012, 04:00 AM
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Posts: 12,269 great tips on this I get my best deals booking 4-6 mos B4 off season sales things are very high this year have seen a few biz class deals no amazing coach values. 2 of my fav comp sites though
some of the econos like Air Transat and XL are not there. Get
my very best deals from bonus on Credit Card and doing off peak FF miles. CitiBank AAdvantage card paying for our
tickets this year except for $25/leg tax in April and May.
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Feb 18th, 2012, 06:58 AM
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Posts: 12,269 cheapest econos I am finding this year
like NYC PAR promos in June July on some dates from $375
each wall all in. Seemstobeas good as it gets this year.
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Feb 18th, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Thanks, Guys. Instead of using kayak, as I usually do to check, I went to USAirways. My exact same flight is up $168, not $1632. So when I thought I was comparing exactly the same flight, obviously I wasn't. I learn a lot here. Appreciate it.
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