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Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:13 am

...when booking months in advance?

I, for one, would not. Though I admit I have zero experience buying transatlantic fares.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:36 am

That's actually not outrageous. It's certainly not a deal, but it's not offensive. Economy class tickets from the U.S. East Coast to Europe in the summer routinely run in the $1400-1600 range. You may not be willing to pay that, but plenty of other people are.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:11 am

June is always an expensive month to fly, certainly transatlantic. That goes for the whole summer, the most expensive season for flying.

That being said, have you considered other options? Perhaps transfer at another airport? Fly another airline? Just run a SkyScanner search, it presents you with plenty of options.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:55 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
June is always an expensive month to fly, certainly transatlantic. That goes for the whole summer, the most expensive season for flying.

That being said, have you considered other options? Perhaps transfer at another airport? Fly another airline? Just run a SkyScanner search, it presents you with plenty of options.


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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:07 pm

My flight from CLE to MUC was $650 round trip via Delta booked for mid-May. As a point of reference.

$1400 seems high, for sure.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:21 pm

I've done a bunch of Europe - US trips in June and the summer. Most I've paid is GBP 600 - currently about $800.

That seems to be a little steep for sure.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:52 pm

I have a helpful suggestion

NYC and BOS tend to have the best transatlantic fares out of the northeast.

I just looked up NYC to LON and found most of June will have tickets as low as $550. You can fly to NYC from CLT for $180 RT in June. Book two separate tickets to save money, either set the flights up to make connecting work easily or take the opportunity to enjoy NYC for a day or two before going to London. You can probably do the same with BOS.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:55 pm

How long is your stay because that also effects your price
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:27 pm

It's also possible a flight on whatever random date was chosen is almost full, hence the high price.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:41 pm

That's common for secondary/eastern Europe, but not usually to LHR (which can usually be found for $1000 or lower).
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:00 pm

invertalon wrote:
My flight from CLE to MUC was $650 round trip via Delta booked for mid-May. As a point of reference.

$1400 seems high, for sure.


The difference here is that AA have a monopoly on CLT-LHR. With CLE-MUC having no non-stops all airlines have a level playing field to compete on connecting itineraries. Competition = lower prices.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:08 pm

Also, fares change all the time. Just keep checking.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:47 pm

Return ticket? Then it's normal, but you will always pay less if you book closer to travel date. For a 1-way ticket I couldn't even find economy at that price.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:54 pm

snowkarl wrote:
Return ticket? Then it's normal, but you will always pay less if you book closer to travel date. For a 1-way ticket I couldn't even find economy at that price.


Forgive me for saying, but this is nonsense.

First of all it's not normal, although not that outrageous either. But it's certainly above average for that time of the year and it can certainly be cheaper if you consider other options (other travel dates, one-stop flights, etc).

It's incorrect that you'll pay less if you book closer to travel date. Quite the opposite in fact, the closer to travel date the more expensive it'll become.

And while most airlines charge more for one-way than for return, this isn't always the case. Sometimes a one-way can be cheaper than a return. It's just a matter of searching. And by searching I don't mean look up one airline and take that price for granted, I mean listing and comparing all possibilities on all airlines. That's what comparison sites like SkyScanner do.

I just ran a SkyScanner search for a one-way flight from Charlotte to London (all airports) and found a $369 one-way option on June 9th operated by JetBlue + Norwegian with a transfer in Boston. Keep in mind this option will take you to Gatwick instead of Heathrow. It does include a 7 hour layover in Boston. There's also an option on the same route with the same airlines with a 4 hour layover (later JetBlue flight, same Norwegian flight), but that's $405. But anyway, getting a one-way for less than $1400 is certainly possible.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:18 pm

There's so many offers all the time that this would be an outrageous price to pay
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:37 pm

snowkarl wrote:
Return ticket? Then it's normal, but you will always pay less if you book closer to travel date. For a 1-way ticket I couldn't even find economy at that price.

Fares get higher as the date of travel approaches, not lower
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:53 pm

FWIW it's worth I'm looking to book DEN to ZAG late may and return ZRH to DEN mid june and finding fares generally $1800. I'm waiting and continuing to check fares.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:18 pm

mcg wrote:
FWIW it's worth I'm looking to book DEN to ZAG late may and return ZRH to DEN mid june and finding fares generally $1800. I'm waiting and continuing to check fares.

That's a longer flight to a smaller market (ZAG). Also, in my experience US-EU is always more expensive than EU-US.
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:49 pm

fbgdavidson wrote:
invertalon wrote:
My flight from CLE to MUC was $650 round trip via Delta booked for mid-May. As a point of reference.

$1400 seems high, for sure.


The difference here is that AA have a monopoly on CLT-LHR. With CLE-MUC having no non-stops all airlines have a level playing field to compete on connecting itineraries. Competition = lower prices.


And non-stops are pretty much always more expensive than connecting itineraries. The fact that AA offers the only non-stop compounds things. AA probably knows that a certain number of travelers (I'd guess mostly busiless travelers) in the Charlotte area are willing to pay extra to not have to connect. The more price sensitive travelers can connect through PHL/JFK/BOS if they don't mind the extra travel time.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:39 pm

mcg wrote:
FWIW it's worth I'm looking to book DEN to ZAG late may and return ZRH to DEN mid june and finding fares generally $1800. I'm waiting and continuing to check fares.


Then you obviously didn't search through SkyScanner. I ran a couple of searches for you around those days and generally get fares between $1000 and $1200 return. Sure if you search further you can get it below $1000, it's a matter of being flexible. Each travel date has a different fare, find the cheapest ones.
 
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Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:56 pm

It's also your timing of the search. In my experience, airlines do not post their best prices for summer trans-Atlantic fares in January. Wait until early March. They will likely be cheaper. April will have fluctuation up and down, but by May ( considering you want a June departure) things will go up quickly. I usually fly over in late August/early September, and my best fares are found either in April or in late July as the airlines adjust their seat inventories for late summer. Hope this helps.
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