aircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1741 posts, RR: 8 Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4887 times:
I was looking up fares, to comment in FlySSC's thread about AF's summer schedule, and have been flabbergasted.
Just for fun, have a look at the fares on airfrance.com, right now... At the time of writing, 8:52pm in Montreal, saturday March 27th, the "cheapest" YUL-CDG ticket on april 1st is more expensive than the business class on the same day! 2994 USD against 2762 USD. I wonder whether it's a April's Fool joke...
I took screen capture of both fares, but I don't know if I can post them here...
s4popo From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
Airline revenue management doesn't always make sense. The itinerary you looked up is a last-minute airfare so you can throw rationality out the window. I wouldn't be surprised if Coach is sold out, but there's probably plenty of Business class seats available. Just my 2 cents.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4653 times:
You're also best to compare round trip fares. Almost nobody flies just one way and many airlines (except LCCs) don't spend a lot of time fiddling with one way fares since they're so rarely sold.
As others have said, it's not unusual for a Y fare to be higher than J, especially if Y is close to full and only the highest fare bucket is available, while in J there may be many open seats and the lower fare buckets may still be open for sale. Airlines with sophisticated revenue management systems like AF know what they have to do to maximize revenue on the flight.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7005 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4377 times:
This actually happened to my family once when we were stuck in SJU. There was a pretty bad storm in the area and we had been in PR for about 2 days trying to get out on stand-by. ALL airlines were oversold by 20-30 pax in the back and even DL was showing -3 to -5 in F. We finally decided to buy tickets back and AA's F was cheaper than the walk-up fare in coach. Only Y (or whatever their full fare coach code is) was available and it was about 70-$80 more than their cheapest seats in first so we opted for first for OBVIOUS reasons
Rafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4268 times:
It happened to me. Going to Europe in early Jan (high season in Brazil, two weeks advance purchase). It was cheaper to by C roundtrip than Y. It was a no brainier since Y was very expensive and Biz was selling for under 1.700 EUR.