BAStew From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 1017 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12229 times:
There have been a few articles in the press about this. In the face of the increase in fuel prices practically wiping out the chance of a profit next year, they are raising fares........and I guess hoping other airlines follow suit!
'Mr Walsh signalled that fares would have to rise, admitting there were limits to how much could be recouped via fuel surcharges. "I think it's inevitable that passengers will be impacted by the oil price," he said. "Companies will pass it on to consumers. We are seeing it at the petrol pumps and in the shops. Airlines will do the same." '
'Douglas McNeill, an analyst at Blue Oar Securities, said the airline would cover the cost increase by raising fares, which would squeeze out discretionary travellers and make the carrier reliant on must-travel customers such as business passengers. "They seem to be charting a course which will see them sacrifice volume for price rises. They hope to push through price rises and see the customer base become less price sensitive as a result. You are then left with customers that have a need to travel. That's a plausible hope but it remains to be seen whether it works in practice," he said. '
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19023 posts, RR: 53 Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12148 times:
Last week I found some absurdly cheap last-minute BA deals. For example, I could have booked LHR-JFK in the morning, flown the route in the afternoon and came back a few days later - for about £250 all-in. Damn cheap.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7073 posts, RR: 17 Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9453 times:
The return fare LHR-JFK-LHR on the BA web site is a consistently very high £1,012 or £1,014 right through from now into next year.
Further from now until 19 October the BA site is signalling that no economy class tickets are available on Saturday LHR-JFK and JFK-LHR flights. However the BA on-line timetable lists the previously announced seven 744 and one 772 flight operating in both directions on a Saturday. So clearly there must be a problem with the web site as BA have been reporting weak demand from Y class passengers (but strong demand for their premium class cabins) on flights to and from the USA for many months.
GCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1262 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7401 times:
Quoting Utapao (Reply 18): BA website appears at first glance to be pricing US departures at relatively normal fares but all UK departures for same range are significantly higher...all over ~$2,000... checked multiple dates.
Sounds pretty typical for most companies - gouge the UK consumer and offer others in other countries preferential deals.
Having said that, something sounds strange about these prices - this weekend BA were advertising very low fares on the radio in LA.
CV990Coronado From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 290 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6822 times:
When will airlines start to price in the same way as other businesses ? Fare $266 + Taxes Total $727 this is crazy. The real "taxes" i.e. money paid to governments is not all that much the rest is fuel/security and other surcharges. This is dishonest way to advertise your prices and should be illegal. The fare should be the fare so that customers can compare easily . Just imagine if Mercedes had a price for the motor car and then added a steel surcharges and a coal surcharge and a fuel/rubber surcharges etc etc.
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Theginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1122 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3455 times:
I would rather the price including Taxes is displayed rather than having to add up lots. Look at the low cost airlines when you book a flight with them, they have the fare but then display all the add ons so it is not as clear.
I personally prefer the total cost to be displayed, then you can make an easier comparison.