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Category Archives: Fares

Do not book directly with an airline

LufthansaA judge in Germany ruled on December 10, 2018 that Lufthansa cannot charge a penalty to a passenger for dropping the last leg of his ticket. This seems good news for passengers and European consumer groups fighting similar unfair practices, which are based on no-show clauses in airlines' conditions of carriage.

Promotional fares

European carriers sometimes offer promotional fares in other markets than their home market. In this case, Lufthansa offered a promotional fare on the route Oslo-Frankfurt- Seattle. However, if the fare offered is attractive enough, flyers from other...
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When should you buy a ticket?

Everybody wants to know what the best time is to buy your ticket. Momondo - a Danish online travel agency - claims to know it. You should book tickets for intra-European flights about 1 month prior to departure because then fares are 38% cheaper compared to the most expensive moment. Dutch travelers, who fly to a destination outside Europe, should book 5 months out to enjoy a potential benefit of 37%.

Day of departure

The day on which you depart also affects the ticket price. Flights from the Netherlands to...
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Is there a best date to purchase a ticket?

The cheapest time to book flights for Thanksgiving travel is 31-90 days out, and 21-30 days out for Christmas. Travelers who booked during these windows in 2017 saved an average of 10% on holiday fares according to Expedia. The optimal window to book flights for Thanksgiving is now through October 22. For Christmas travel it is somewhat later: October 26 through December 4, at least according to Expedia. Our calculation is November 25-December 4. If you wait until 0-6 days out you will probably pay 10-20% above the average ticket...
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Which airlines squeeze the most out of their customers?

The new normal is that airlines nickel-and-dime their customers. They believe that passengers are very short-sighted and only look at the base fare when buying tickets. Therefore, they now charge separately for all kinds of things that were simply included in the fare 10 years ago. These payments are called ancillary revenues and come as an unpleasant surprise for quite a few passengers. The top-10 carriers as rated by total ancillary revenue, (more…)...
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The pot calling the kettle black

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) – representing 290 airlines - resembles Donald Trump. It utters a lot of self-praise and it serves primarily its own interests. First, it claims that the experience of airline privatization resulted in enhanced competition in lower pricing to consumers. In reality, however, the US airline market is not competitive. Due to mergers it has become an oligopoly where 4 carriers control 80% of the market. Second, on intercontinental routes carriers have formed joint ventures that basically rule out competition. They not only sell seats...
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The USA no longer leads the world

Since Donald Trump entered the White House telling lies to the public has become the new political standard. He calls news that is not convenient for him fake news. Many low-educated voters are unable to distinguish Trumpian fake news from real fake news and are actually not interested in this distinction either. At the G7 summit in Canada Trump arrived late and departed early confirming observations at other recent summits that the USA has given up its leading role in the world. In some respect, Trump even reversed roles by accusing the Canadian...
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