FFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4120 times:
Once again, when selecting flights from NY area to HEL, I noticed that both DL and CO can be almost double the cost compared to KL and AF on the same dates! Cheapest was KLM with a few options less than $700, when DL could be close to $2,000. This in about two weeks from now. NW is reasonable especially from BDL, but they are of course, working very closely with KL. Why this huge variation? Is it maybe due to code-share arrangement from AMS or CDG (AY)?
Before somebody suggests it: no AY for me...Skymiles miles...
DL173 From Sweden, joined Sep 2007, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months ago) and read 3130 times:
You have to remember that for both CO and DL HEL is an offline market, which means paying expensive prorates
to other carriers for the connection to/from the DL/ CO gateway, especially as KL is the only SkyTeam carrier flying to HEL. Both OK and AF have codeshares on AY operated flights out of HEL. I don't think that either DL or CO has
any SPA agreements with AY. Example: The SPA agreement BW had when they existed cost SEK1100 each way ARN - LHR on SK connecting to their flight LHR - BGI before they ceased operations 31Dec06 and became Caribbean Airlines. SEK1100 x 2 equiv EUR 239 of the total fare.