Air Canada overseas pricing


#1

Can anybody please explain how they get away with this: April 26 HKG-YWG #008 & 298. Cost is $3462.00. Next day, identical flights. Cost is $982.00. Load factor almost the same. Plenty of open seats .what is with Air Canada?. They seem to do this all the time???


#2

Are you only considering one-way fares? If so, then crazy pricing is the norm for a lot of airlines. When I used the dates you specified for a round-trip flight, the price was the same.

Also, day of the week can have a huge effect on price - I’m going to Poland later this month from Wed to Mon - ANY other combo of dates increased the price by over $200 (I’m flying with Lufthansa).


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#4

It might be availability on the shorter segment that’s driving the longhaul segment into a higher fare class.

Take advantage and fly on the cheap day.


#5

AC has a rather confusing fare structure - economy fares can be what they call Tango, Tango Plus or Latitude. They only allocate so many seats to the lower/cheaper classes (the first two) based on the yield management voodoo which nobody really understands. As each class sells out, the fare jumps to the next one.


#6

Yes but keep in mind both days flights had a equal amount of seats open. So it still does not make any sense why they upcharge $2500.00 more for a 14 hour flight with plastic cutlery & a box lunch??


#7

Prices depend on on both demand and supply. They could be expecting a lot of demand for the expensive day.

Also seat maps are not indicative of actual loads. There could be a lot of sold seats without seat assignments.


#8

Total open seats doesn’t mean much without knowing the class distribution.