|Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 1):|
|Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 3):|
The problem is that you are using last summer as your point of comparison. Last summer was not normal.
Last summer was terrible for the airlines. Loads were very low as were the prices.
This summer is much more normal.
|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):|
For the last month of data available(May) global traffic is up 4.8% from May 2009, and on a year to date basis only up 1.2% from 2009.
We still have lots of ground to make up to pre-2008 traffic levels. What you might be seeing is the overall industry reduction in capacity which maybe has finally allowed airlines some pricing power.
|Quoting caliatenza (Reply 6):|
thats probably what im seeing. Im just frustrated at the inability to get a decent ticket from India to the US these days. At this rate, EK really needs a double daily to SFO and LAX.
|Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 8):|
Airlines generally don't sell cheap economy seats a few days before departure. The last 2 years were an anomaly. Don't expect EK to boost capacity and lose money in order to provide you with cheap seats at the last minute.
|Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 8):|
What is stopping EK from flying double daily to SFO/LAX is lack of demand.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):|
Traffic on many routes is up significantly this year, as are fares, reflecting stronger demand combined with capacity cutbacks in some markets. AC recently announced that their June traffic was up almost 16% systemwide, with an increase of over 33% on their transpacific routes to/from Asia compared to the same month last year..
|Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 12):|
You began this debate back in May when you were attempting to book your flight from BLR-LAX. Many of us provided you factual fare information to your inquiry that you found EK fares to be expensive this year. Several posters provided you reasonable explanations why fares were higher this year than last. It should have been no surprise to you that EK would have limited availablility and higher fares for a last minute change to a reservation you made just a month or so ago. I respect your decision to stay with EK to build loyalty mileage, but it may come with a price disadvantage simply due to demand. A good example from my own personal experience. Last May I flew to LHR on DL with a Y ticket cost of less than $500. This year, the same dates and flight schedule cost more than $900 booked 50+ days in advance. Within one week of travel the Y fare had increased to almost $2000 and within 7 days prior to departure the flight was completely sold out all classes. I could complain and whine all day about DL fares this year, but regardless the demand was there and DL accepted the money. You can't fault EK for pricing their product to the demand and no doubt the market is holding to higher fares than experienced in 2009.
I would assume on July 13 you're on your way to SFO or LAX having paid additional money due to your last minute change. As pointed out by other posters, you can't blame EK or any other airline for not offering you an option for a cheaper fare you likely wouldn't buy because you wanted mileage accrual on EK. Pay up and shut up.
Don't make any assumptions that if QR begins LAX or SFO service from DOH you'll find cheaper tickets on EK who'll match the new pricing. QR will not give away their product, beyond a "new service promotion" price incentive for a limited time. Economy rebounding or not, airlines will price to what the market will bear over an extended period of time, and in peak summer for travel to Europe and the USA, fares will not be "cheap."
I recently told a client to stop badgering me (after 11 telephone calls for price quotes) for a "cheap" ticket to Paris in August. Question. Do you want to go to Paris in August? In your case LAX in July? Then buy what EVERYONE IS PRiCING AS A REASONABLE FARE FOR DEMAND. If you wait until 5 days before departure this year, you'll like pay a lot MORE or NOT GO AT ALL! Don't book a cruise from Barcelona or Amsterdam thinking you're going to hold out for a rock bottom ticket "when they're desparate to fill a seat". For whatever reason, those seats don't exist this year.
I do hope you worked out your last minute changes, and you're basking in the warm sunshine of Southern California. Don't make any assumptions for the rest of 2010, and don't even think you'll get back to those $1500 tickets from BLR in 2011. Budget wisely.