TBloemink From Netherlands, joined Mar 2010, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4927 times:
I think because its ''lowest''. This means you can't change anything. Seats can't be chosen until 24 hours before departure, or you cant even do that 24 hrs before departure. I think that's for people who want to sit in First, but won't need the extra's. Just the flight in first. Thats what I think.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23467 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4888 times:
Actually not that odd at all -- its during the holidays when premium cabins often see huge discounts.
For example Lufthansa has a sale through next Wednesday where business class from LAX to Europe its only $1,900 RT versus over $3,000 one-way for travel over the next few weeks.
I know BA, AirNZ, and a few of the US carriers do similar also during the holidays.
Also in your specific Air Canada case, you are looking at a full unrestricted Y-class fare versus what will be a heavily restricted Executive Class fare. Hence the difference. One has flexibility, other does not.
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Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2): Also in your specific Air Canada case, you are looking at a full unrestricted Y-class fare versus what will be a heavily restricted Executive Class fare. Hence the difference. One has flexibility, other does not.
Hardly any difference between the two executive class options. With AC, you get the same everything in First whether you choose the Lowest rate or the Flexible rate. The flexible rate gives you 25% more miles and saves you the small fee if you want to make a change to your itinerary 2 hours prior to departure.
I just checked back on the booking page for the exact same itinerary this morning and everything is changed. The lowest executive fare is no longer offered and there are more economy fares offered now. Turns out that this was part of their "Fly on a flat bed to Europe and save" campaign. Not really advertised but thats AC.
Still, you would think that they would lower the price for economy so they ensure they sell those seats as well