Sudden Jump In Prices

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Old Mar 15, 19, 7:03 am
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Sudden Jump In Prices

Hi all,

I've been looking at LON->BRU flights over the past week and the prices have been creeping daily as I would have expected. I was looking to fly out end of next week and return for Easter.

Looking today and the prices have literally double (at least) from where they were yesterday.

Any idea if this is a glitch or simply a timing issue?

I wasn't able to book because I was waiting on a work contract to be finalised.
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Old Mar 15, 19, 8:12 am
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Not sure if this is the same issue but I have noticed the KLM prices really went up over the last weeks on the short routes, for short trips (one, two nights) during the week, booked around a month in advance.. Aberdeen the cheapest option being 894 Euro, Norwich for 500Euro, Warsaw 600Euro. Normally those flights would be around 300E. Has it been demand driven?
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Old Mar 15, 19, 8:44 am
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Nice example for Easter: 600 euro 3 days ago, 976 today.
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Old Mar 15, 19, 12:05 pm
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All sorts of reasons can cause this, but it's pretty likely the load is just higher. Once cheaper fare buckets get filled, prices get pretty high as the last seats go on sale.
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Old Mar 15, 19, 2:57 pm
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Also, keep in mind that many fares have a advance purchase requirement. After that date only the more expensive fares will remain.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 12:47 pm
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By the way, I would rather take the train from LON to BRU or a direct flight for this short distance - KL doesn't have any direct flights so you'll have to take fly via AMS, pass trough immigration there (you're arriving from non-Schengen), immigration lines can be pretty long in AMS and there's no skypriority there.
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Old Mar 18, 19, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by snoopy1664 View Post
I was looking to fly out end of next week and return for Easter.

Looking today and the prices have literally double (at least) from where they were yesterday.

Any idea if this is a glitch or simply a timing issue?
many of the cheaper fares have advance purchase requirements.

14 days is one fairly frequent one; it sounds like that may be part of what has happened here.




(Easter is always a busy time, so booking this late for travel that involves Easter was always going to be pricey. I always book my Easter travel as soon as the flights go on sale!)
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Old Mar 18, 19, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by arjen05 View Post
By the way, I would rather take the train from LON to BRU or a direct flight for this short distance - KL doesn't have any direct flights so you'll have to take fly via AMS, pass trough immigration there (you're arriving from non-Schengen), immigration lines can be pretty long in AMS and there's no skypriority there.
Plus the train would give you less vliegschaamte!
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Old Mar 18, 19, 11:23 am
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Plus the train would give you less vliegschaamte!
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Old Mar 18, 19, 5:36 pm
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Plus the train would give you less vliegschaamte!
Isn't uttering that word of 'vliegschaamte' alone heresy here? Let me perform a little bit of AFKL exorcism to please the spirit of the frequent flying god

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Old Mar 19, 19, 2:02 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
I always book my Easter travel as soon as the flights go on sale
I prefer a different approach: unless I absolutely have to, I do not travel during Easter, or any other very busy period.

I certainly make sure to schedule all leisure trips to avoid travel peaks. Flying is enough of a hassle as is, and tourism has become a worldwide scourge of epic dimensions.

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