Not sure if this is brought up before...
If you fly in Japan, the price for coach is basically the same, with a few fare sales here and there, and varies by month. But regardless of when you fly, you don't usually have to worry about the price shooting through the roof.
In America, you have all of these wierd prices. 21 day advance purchases, 14 day purchases, 7 day purchases, and with all of this, you have fares that are cheap at first, but for those passengers like me who have to buy within 3 weeks of flying, the price is out of this world!
Why can't airlines, as competitive as they are (I understand competition, believe me) offer something around "one price" for coach, and "one price" for first, like they did before deregulation?
Why do we need to pay $1000 to fly Seattle to Orlando on a 2 week advance purchase, only to get bumped off onto stand-by?
I understand that there are seasonal prices on flights, but I thought that winter prices to some locations were cheaper than others (to Japan, in February)? And summer can be more expensive (like flying to Europe).
Have you ever paid a high fare only to get bumped into stand by?
Are there any plans to make the US airline ticket system a little more...logical?
The reason I'm asking, is that I booked about 30 of my Japanese students to Orlando for the holidays, and after they started buying the tickets online, the prices started to soar. First they were around $300 (from SEA), and now they're up to $500 or more, depending on when they're flying. Now, I might not be able to afford to go with them...
I was looking forward to flying Jetblue, but they're sold out when I can go...
Anyways, just looking for some intelligent communications on the subject.