Airfares are out of control. I paid a small fortune for my next trip to Asia, and already (10 days later) the lowest price on that airline went up by $1000. So very glad I was wise enough to buy 7 months ahead, but who can afford these $1800. tickets?
Good point. My friend Chris flies LAS-BKK 4 times/year. He could usually find something in the $800 range R/T. Not for his May trip. It was over $1K. It will be supply/demand. If there are enough empty seats on the flights to SEA, perhaps they will lower the airfares. I am doing my part. I am NOT going to Asia in 2010!
So many people have recently been complaining about airfare prices especially coming from the US...good job you booked when you did! Airfares within Asia are rising too, even on the budget airlines - if you don't catch a promo sale they can be very expensive. My parents booked their flight to see us with Emirates, they booked beginning of January for an end of February departure and it cost £1000, roughly US$1600 for both of them return (Manchester, UK to Hong Kong) which wasn't bad but now I think the prices have rocketed.
Not sure whether the price rises can be put down to cost of fuel, as usually airline buy in advance?
Couldn't agree more with this rant. At the end of Feb I flew out to Senegal with Iberia - my flight cost a little over £500 return, and I only booked 3 or 4 weeks before I went. I've just checked their website for flights in June and their 'cheap' fare comes in at over £1700 !! What the hell?! I know prices vary according to time of year etc but that seems rather excessive. Checking for later in the year prices still came in at over £1300
There are ways round these prices if you're prepared to get indirect, stopping flights.
The most expensive way (normally) nowadays are the non-stop direct routes. It's still possible to get from the Uk to India for under £250, including tax etc.
I think that those of you in W. Europe are somewhat more fortunate than the rest of us. There are more options and airlines available to the Europeans, or anyone passing through the UK or Germany, than practically the rest of the world combined. Now, if we could just rig up some sort of exhaust fan over Iceland, many would be much happier.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Apr-2010, at 12:01 by Daawgon ]
Daawgon is right, the competition on air routes from much of Europe is much higher, especially from the UK and Germany and even from the Netherlands.
Still, I do see that prices are becoming higher since the last 1-2 years or so, and also there are less specials nowadays compared with a few years back. I remember a special by Malaysian or Singapore airlines from the Netherlands to Australia, with a free stopover in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur for around €750 (or less than 700GBP, around 1000 USD) a while ago, but now it's at least 30-50% more if you are lucky!
Airfares from New Zealand are so expensive. The last 2 times I have flown back to the UK I have paid $3200 and that was booking well in advance. As has already been mentioned here, the competition in Europe is greater so there tend to be better deals available flying from that part of the world. I was thinking of going home to Manchester at the last minute (a few weeks ago) and when I checked the price of a ticket on Expedia it was over $4000!
Spare a thought for us Aussies - being at the xxxx end of the world so to speak or, as is more succintly put - Downunder, it always costs us far more to fly overseas to Europe than it does for the Brits or the Yanks. The only place where it's cheaper to fly to is Singapore or KL. (That's where the budget airlines fly to.) Tiger for Singapore and Air Asia to KL.
Virgin Blue isn't all that much of a budget airline, Jetstar aren't as cheap as they once were. Thank Le bon Dieu for Tiger and Air Asia.
Araluen - I hear you. The American LCC's are a real joke. Carriers like Southwest and Air Tran can often be more expensive than the big, old guys like American or UAL. Our Virgin spinoff, Virgin America, is the one bright spot in the American airline industry.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2010, at 08:13 by Daawgon ]