Fuzzman777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2797 times:
I know that the airlines' airfare system is very complex and changes all the time, but I found something interesting while surfing the 'net(nothing better to do in Iraq!) I was looking at United roundtrips in First Class around, for example, September 2009(sep 20-sep 30 to be exact). The LAX-SYD-LAX trip was over $24,000. But when I looked at a LHR-SYD-LHR with stops in LAX each way, the total came out to $17,000.
My question is why would the LHR-SYD trip be $7,000 less?
and wouldnt the airline just book the ticket as 4 one-way flights in first class?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26169 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2739 times:
Not only United, but a pretty universal practice of point of sale pricing. Each country and market has its own dynamics and pricing points.
This happens even domestically. Recently we had to send some employees between LAX-MIA and another group MIA-LAX. The LA origin tickets for each one were about $120 cheaper then the rates available out of MIA on comperable days with the same advance purchase and stay time frames.
And dont think this is only limited to airlines, it applies to nearly everything you can think of. The Economist magazine even showed pricing of McDonalds BigMac sandwiches across different markets and the huge diversity of pricing points for the same exact product.
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