Old Mar 31, 18, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Not on the routes I fly. W is often the cheapest fare class published, and even when it isn't, it's not that much more than K. I've never paid more than about $240 one-way in fare difference. (Admittedly, I've never seen a G fare on the routes and days I want to travel). PE is significantly more expensive on those routes.

Then again, I've also never waitlisted an international segment. I've been lucky enough to have flexibility on dates and destinations.
On my routes, W is often $1000 more for the roundtrip than the cheapest fare I can find. I could justify it somewhat by the fact that work would pay Business if the price is reasonable and they do pay the cash portion if I use miles and cash to upgrade and they do pay the TOD price if I take it. But, then, it's a lottery and the uncertainty of getting upgraded when I paid $1000 more made me change my feelings about it.

I thought that I had plenty of flexibility on dates as I can choose if and when I go someplace and can shift dates to days around or weeks around the target date but have not been able to find a flight with R>0 even when booking flights 2-5-7-10 months in advance. I don't have so much flexibility on routes as already to take the TPAC, TATL or domestic flights, I have to connect through ORD and I'm unwilling (I know, my fault) to add an extra segment. But that is due to 30 years of real bad experience: any additional segment increases my chances of getting stuck somewhere in the middle of the trip.
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