Airline Logic

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s been like that since I booked my first airline ticket in 1991. I never got it. 

Post # 4
Member
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

Did you use the same computer to look up both tickets? If so, make sure you do all ticket browsing and shopping in private browsing mode because they use cookies to track when you are visiting. They will bump up the prices when you are shopping around. You said you don’t know about your FI’s schedule yet, but I would wait to find out before making any decisions. I think the $470 round trip is a great deal for you, but one way for over $500 is ridiculous. If you find out that FI can come for the first part of the trip I would drive up with him, but if he can only come for the last half I would probably buy a one way ticket to fly up, and then have him drive up with the cats. Then you can return home with him at the end of the trip. 

Post # 5
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451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work for an airline, so I can answer this.

 

Tickets are priced in accordance with supply and demand market forces. As there is a heavy demand for return tickets, airlines are able to offer discounts and promotional rates on these fares. There is very little demand for one-way tickets, and for this reason most airlines cannot offer such promotional rates and discounts for them. Hence, they are more expensive.

 

Post # 6
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42510 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In the old days we used to buy and travel on back to back tickets to get around this. But, you can’t do this anymore.

Post # 7
Member
13012 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never understood that either!!  What about look for round trip tickets from FL, and just using the one leg to go home.

Post # 9
Member
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My best was $1,400 for a round trip, $5,000 for a one way on Delta. Oh, airlines. 

Post # 10
Member
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pixiecat:  I thought about this, but since we would only want the return portion of the ticket I wasn’t sure if it would get cancelled or something but not using or something.

 
I wouldn’t do this. Unless you buy a fully flexible ticket (they are very expensive), the return segments cannot be used if you don’t use the outbound segments. With some airlines you can still use the return segments only, but you will have to pay a high fee to have the ticket recalculated into a one-way ticket. Not really worth it.

Post # 11
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@pixiecat:  if you book a two way ticket book it from a starting point of him coming home. If you don’t show for the first leg they may cancel the ticket. Happened to my brother once.

Post # 12
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42510 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pixiecat:  If you buy a return ticket and don’t use the first leg of the ticket, the airline will not let you board for the last leg.

So, if you decide to fly FI home from Florida and buy a return ticket make sure the first leg is Florida to wherever you live , so that he will be able to use the ticket.

Post # 13
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13012 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@pixiecat:  I meant buy the round trip ticket with the first leg as the leg going home, not the one going there.   That way the ‘return’ is going back to FL and it doesnt matter if you just don’t use it.

Post # 15
Member
5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@pixiecat:  I had a great one with airline logic. 

I had to fly to Salt Lake city and found the direct flights to be pretty expensive – about $600 for a round trip ticket.

I thought that was too high so started looking at other airports in the area.  If I few into Boise, ID (admittedly, not that close by) it would only cost $370. Unfortunately it was not a direct flight.  Want to know where the stop-over was?  Salt Lake City.  WTF??!?!!!?

Both options were on the same airline (I think it was Delta). 

Ugh.  Frustrating.

Post # 16
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451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pixiecat:  I also will never understand over booking flights by like 20 people.  Surely it is more trouble than it is worth to do that then to only sell the number of tickets you can actually provide seats for.

 
Airlines do this because statistically many people don’t show up for their flights. Without overbooking, the aircrafts would take off with loads of empty seats.

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