PE fares 2019 so high

Old Jun 12, 18, 10:22 am
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PE fares 2019 so high

trying to book a flight from Germany (Hamburg) to Taipei.
In 2018 BA's PE fares are/were around 600 Euros for one-way.

Well, for 2019 all the dates (I checked around 20 different ones)
the PE fare is actually more expensive than their business-class fare.
(which in 2019 is the same amount as in 2018, around 1.030 Euro one-way).

How this can be ?
I can't believe all of their PE seats are already taken.

By the way:
Their 2019 economy fares are roughly 100 Euro more expensive than in 2018
(for a one-way), so yeah, that might explain a higher PE fare, but ALL of their
published PE fares are higher than their business-class fare

Is that an IT-glitch somehow ?
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Old Jun 12, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by timpolti1 View Post
trying to book a flight from Germany (Hamburg) to Taipei.
In 2018 BA's PE fares are/were around 600 Euros for one-way.

Well, for 2019 all the dates (I checked around 20 different ones)
the PE fare is actually more expensive than their business-class fare.
(which in 2019 is the same amount as in 2018, around 1.030 Euro one-way).

How this can be ?
I can't believe all of their PE seats are already taken.

By the way:
Their 2019 economy fares are roughly 100 Euro more expensive than in 2018
(for a one-way), so yeah, that might explain a higher PE fare, but ALL of their
published PE fares are higher than their business-class fare

Is that an IT-glitch somehow ?
Most Pricing and Revenue Management teams make the year farthest out more expensive to make the current year more attractive since they have less time to fill the current year; that's pretty standard across the board.

In terms of Club World being priced lower than World Traveller Plus, that may be due to the large size of BA's Club World cabins and they may want to make it look more attractive so that people book it and then as they get reach a certain load factor, they will make Club more expensive than Plus.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by timpolti1 View Post
trying to book a flight from Germany (Hamburg) to Taipei.
In 2018 BA's PE fares are/were around 600 Euros for one-way.

Well, for 2019 all the dates (I checked around 20 different ones)
the PE fare is actually more expensive than their business-class fare.
(which in 2019 is the same amount as in 2018, around 1.030 Euro one-way).

How this can be ?
A quick look at ExpertFlyer suggests that the lower fare that you were seeing may have been a sale fare.

You don't specify any particular dates, but using ITA to price HAM-TPE-HAM in mid-February 2019 gives me quotes of €1,903.35 for premium economy and €2,016.26 for business class. This broadly matches what you're describing; I limited my search to CX for the HKG-TPE-HKG sectors, which may account for the small differences. (I couldn't easily find premium economy quotes that were lower than the lowest business class quotes.)

The base fare for the premium economy price is listed by EF as €1,434. However, back at the beginning of January 2018, there was a sale fare that would have been valid for travel in mid-February 2018. The base fare was €649, ie a difference of €785. That means that the total price for an itinerary using the lower fare would have been about €1,118.35, which may have been displayed as €559 each way (but remember these prices are not made by adding up two one-way fares).

Again, this broadly matches what you describe having seen earlier this year. Hence my suspicion that you were just lucky to be pricing the trip at a time when there was a sale fare on offer that was valid for your travel dates.

It's worth noting that the big price difference came with a disadvantage: The higher fare is refundable for a cancellation fee of €100. However, the sale fare was non-refundable.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 2:06 pm
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A bit off topic. LHR-TPE with Eva in PE is about £800 for return. Very good value and the service is excellent.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 5:03 pm
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A bit off topic. LHR-TPE with Eva in PE is about £800 for return. Very good value and the service is excellent.
If it’s not a Hello Kitty route, I’m not interested.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Thomathy View Post


If it’s not a Hello Kitty route, I’m not interested.
Pity since EVA's PE service is vastly superior to BA's.
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