SAA-SAL From Belgium, joined Nov 2000, 356 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5192 times:
This has already happened twice to me : In March I wanted to buy a single ticket between Geneva and Madrid on Swiss. This ticket was priced at approx 1000 Euros. I then went to a travel agent who bought me a return ticket on this route for less than 300 Euros including commission. Now I wish to travel between Nice and Madrid with single tickets varying between 700 and 900 Euros. The return tickets cost about 350 Euros. My question is why does a single ticket cost me more than a return. The airline is actually being payed more to offer less! This goes for any day of the week , be it a Saturday or a Tuesday. What is the economical logic behind this for airlines?
LanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5039 times:
My guess is that with a roundtrip ticket you have a guaranteed revenue on both flight regardless if you decide to return or not. The one-way is only playing for one flight so the airline has to make as much revenue from that flight possible.
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
...it's mostly businessmen who fly one-way...
On the contrary, businessmen want to return to their office as soon as possible. That is why they are actualy made to pay for the business class fare. Most cheaper restrictive fares are for a duration of 3 days or more. The longer the minimum stay the cheaper the ticket. A businessman who cannot afford to stay away for the office cannot use this fare and has to buy a business class ticket - hence the name!
Like Aloges said, a one way Y fare is half the full return Y fare, which in Europe equates (on most airlines) the Business class fare. There are some limited discounts on Business class fares these days. AirMalta calls it D class. All the other Economy fare designations MLHVBQTG are the restrictive but cheaper return fares in a descending order.
ZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5015 times:
while in Europe it might be generally true that all oneway-tickets cost the normal Y-fare (but then again, think of DI and all the others) it is certainly not true for other continents where even major carriers offer reduced oneway fares (e.g. KA7 in South Africa) and then again there are even countries where domestic fares are always oneway fares and no roundtrip fares are offered at all.
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Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4983 times:
Well, most airlines charge on their grey-market fares around 70% or the return fare.
For me the reason is very simple. I mean if you find 100 people flying from A to B and return it is much easier then finding when you find 100 people flying from A to B only. So you have to find another 100 people flying from B to A only.
As per the IATA published fare, the ow fare is half of the return fare.
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