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Why are airfares suddenly so cheap?

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1. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

As the title says... I was looking at a trip to Europe this winter/spring, and I couldn't go because the tickets were a bit too much. Suddenly, they dropped to around $400 from the west coast of USA to Munich/Barcelona, and that is including taxes.

I just booked my ticket today, extremely stoked and a bit nervous, but I am sure that is how it always starts...a lot like skydiving really.

But yes, anyone know why the fares suddenly got cheaper? Not really important, but I am just curious. Could be helpful in the future as well to know.

Thanks in advance.

Daniel

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

Ticket prices seem to drop after the holidays everywhere. And the amount airlines now going between USA and Europe have increased so more carriers can travel expanded routes, thus driving down prices.

3. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

There is a new open-skies treaty between the EU and the US. Because of this treaty all the airlines can fly to destinations within the US, and US airlines can fly to destinations within the EU, without barriers. I expect that within a few years, tickets prices might even go down even further. That can happen pretty fast if carriers like Easyjet and Ryanair want to start flying trans-atlantic.

4. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

Isn't is mainly because it is low season now and the prices will go up when people are reserving for summer travel? All the deals I've seen are for travel before April.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 21, 2008, at 3:12 PM by laurim ]

5. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Thanks for the info guys. I will do a little research on this new treaty, but it sounds like a great idea to me.

Yes all the deals I found were before the summer, but that is understandable. Supply and demand and all that good stuff, but even so, these tickets were remarkably cheap. Not to mention that it seemed to happen within the span of a few weeks that this happened. Especially surprising when all the info I read suggested that with the increase in fuel prices, tickets would be going up.

Anyway, done rambling. Again, I appreciate the info gents. Take care.

Daniel