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Strange pricing - cheaper with 2 more flights

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Old Nov 19, 18, 2:45 am
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Strange pricing - cheaper with 2 more flights

Iím heading to DFW next week probably via IAH for a meeting. Leaving AKL 28NOV Leaving DFW 30NOV.

When pricing the AKL-IAH-AKL using NZ0028 and NZ0029 the return Business Class fare showed as $12161 with AP843 and SP808.

When changing the itinerary AKL-IAH-DFW-IAH-AKL using the same NZ0028 and NZ0029 flights but including connecting flights to/from DFW the return Business Class fare DECREASED to $11869 with AP757 and SP775.

I realize this is because in first example booking classes are D and C whereas in second example Z and D - these are flights/classes offered by Air NZ booking engine but it seems odd that adding two additional flights actually makes the AKL-IAH and IAH-AKL segments significantly cheaper.
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Old Nov 19, 18, 5:05 am
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This seems to be a fairl classic case of competition; Auckland to Houston direct has no competition, but a one stop to DFW definitely does with Qantas.

I guess in this case AirNZ is willing to offer lower fares as long as the married segments to DFW are included to compete accordingly.
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Old Nov 19, 18, 6:02 am
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This seems to be a fairl classic case of competition; Auckland to Houston direct has no competition, but a one stop to DFW definitely does with Qantas.

I guess in this case AirNZ is willing to offer lower fares as long as the married segments to DFW are included to compete accordingly.
I wondered as much but doesnít the one stop QF option go via AU with a longer overall travel time? I saw other options but again they had longer overall travel time as well from memory.
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Old Nov 19, 18, 10:05 am
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There are many examples of similar pricing situations - a few examples from TG and SQ ex New Zealand where AKL-BKK (or SIN)-CNX was cheaper than to just AKL to BKK or SIN....

No doubt the beanies in the revenue department have this sorted.
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Old Nov 20, 18, 5:13 pm
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On google flights just now AA offering it for NZ$8368 (1 stop 16.55 hrs travel) and United for $ 9.951 also one stop 17.45 travel
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Old Nov 20, 18, 5:58 pm
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TBH, I would usually pay more to cut an entire flight out of a journey. I don't mind longer layovers, but I find the process of changing planes to be stressful and really jarring. I do what I can to minimize connections. So if NZ wants to compete with Qantas for the flights to Dallas, then they better be cheaper, since I need to connect via LAX or Houston whereas with Qantas I can do it in just 1 stop in Aussie.
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