April 5, 2011 4:36 PM Subscribe
Help me understand airline bookings - when and why they vary the price.
posted by BigCalm to travel & transportation (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I travel regularly to the Netherlands from the UK to see my girlfriend, and I'd like to do it as cheaply as possible!!
However, booking flights seems to be a pain in the ass:
* The times that are best for me would involve flying out with one airline and flying back with another. However, a one-way flight costs double the amount of a return. Why do airlines price it this way? I can understand an incentive for flying the same airline there and back, but why so huge a markup for a one-way trip?
* I was looking at KLM yesterday, and it was about 220 euros for the return trip next weekend - with lots of flags saying 'last x seats available at this price'. I check tonight and it's changed to 160 for the return. What the hell is going on here - is KLM just putting 'only x seats available' to make people book now?
Help me understand when and why flight prices change - tell me the tricks that the airlines are trying to use. Yes, I already know that weekends where bank-holidays feature are going to be expensive, that's not the issue - it's the normal weekends i'm trying to save on :-)