David_itl
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More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Wed Jul 17, 2002 11:59 pm

BA have announced they are to drop the fare conditions on their German, Austrian and Swiss routes from tomorrow.

See their release here where it does, eventually, list the new return fares!

David/MAN
 
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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:06 am

Thanks for the link.

Although I personally think BA are going down the right road with this strategy (assuming they can afford to offer these fares), this article also provides some interesting points:

http://www.btonline.co.uk/special_reports/full_story.epml?special_reports.REF=10167&priority.REF=2

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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:19 am

The bit of that report I take with a pinch of salt is this:

"Need the low-cost airlines be worried? Not unduly, according to price comparisons. Conventional airline fares, it seems, remain stubbornly high at busy times."

And prey tell why these "low-cost" airlines can also have higher fares than the "traditional" airlines at busy times?

Anyway, Lufthansa are still cheaper to DUS from MAN than BA: they've got £99 return fares...must sort out my visit there to take advantage of these "deals" (whether they are still available is another matter!)

David
 
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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:24 am

Do I understand this correctly that it now doesn't matter if you do a same day return trip on a weekday or on a weekend ?
 
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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 2:42 am

David,

I think what the author means is that when comparing peak fares on a LCC to peak fares on a traditional carrier, you will usually end up having to pay more to fly on the latter; peak fares on BA will generally be higher than those on Easyjet, on a flight to Nice, for instance.

By 'peak', I mean the higher end of each airline's fare 'spectrum'.

737-700,
I don't know, why not try a sample booking on ba.com?
 
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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 4:46 am

"And prey tell why these "low-cost" airlines can also have higher fares than the "traditional" airlines at busy times?"

Of course they can. Full service airlines have always offered good deals on Sat night stopover fares and they often can be cheaper than the low-cost equivalent for Fri night / Sun night combinations. However this is the exception rather than the rule and the LCCs have made their impact felt not by competing on the weekend market, but by offering low fares throughout the week, particulalrly on day returns.

Just to prove it, 10 mins ago Easyjet.com was offering me 144 GBP for a day return LPL-CDG tomorrow and 123 GBP for LPL-AMS. OK, well above their lead-in fare but still miles better than what I could find for MAN-AMS (284 GBP with KLM) and MAN-CDG (434 GBP with AF). 4 or 5 years ago the prospect of being able to book a day-return fare to a major city such as AMS for just over a hundred quid with just 10 hours notice would have been laughable - yet I was one click away from sealing the deal.

Egnm


 
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RE: More BA Flights Have Fare Restrictions Lifted

Thu Jul 18, 2002 4:58 am

Now that you mention it, I also checked easyjet against BA for a flight from London (Gatwick or Heathrow) to Nice, leaving 19th July, coming back on the 21st.

BA quoted me a fare over 500 pounds.

Easyjet quoted me a fare of 340 pounds (still staggeringly expensive).

No doubt BA, BMI and others, such as BE, are beginning to roll out some very attractive fares which I'm sure will prove popular.

I think these are targeted mostly at Easy/Go and BMIbaby, as the Ryanair market is a little different.

Will watch developments with interest!