Longhaul747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 917 times:
I am planning on flying from Seattle to Bergen, Norway sometime this summer. SAS along with all other airlines kicked in full summer fares after January 1st. Starting in May and going until the end of September ranges from $1,100-$1,700. These fares were typical in years past and they managed to fill the planes.
I am finding these airfares excessive considering the current events in the US. Many people can't afford to spend that much and people still have a fear of flying. For fun I started to book tickets at $1,700 on SAS for June and found that every seat on the plane was empty. June is 5 months away but June is the busy season for Bergen because of all the cruises. Try this 2 years ago and the plane was nearly full.
Since I am a bargain travel hunter I always look for the best airfare deals. I am thinking as we get closer to summer we will see some deep discounting by the airlines. Anyone else agree and predict much lower airfares to Europe as we get closer to summer?
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 890 times:
I was wondering the same thing, I am planning to fly to the states from the UK in July and the fares seem extremely high considering airlines are trying to fill most of their seats, especially on transatlantic routes. Cheapest fare I found for London to New York was around £500 rtn. I am hoping that as the summer season approaches, airlines will start introducing some cheaper deals to try and fill up the empty seats.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 880 times:
European carriers are always more expensive. They have a near-monopoly on the home market so they can basically ask what they want (or rather, they could but have not yet learned the lesson).
The fare you mention is not that bad (if you are from the US as I think from the fare). You'd probably pay about the same fare if you were a Norwegian flying SAS to Southern Europe, and 20-30% more to the US.