Premium Econom is cheaper than Econom

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Old Apr 22, 19, 11:31 pm
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Premium Econom is cheaper than Econom

Just bought at LH website Premium Econom ticket that is even cheaper than Econom.
The flight is ORD-KBP-ORD. Return flight is KBP-VIE-ORD that is operated by Austrian. And that Premium Econom ticket costs me 703$ but Econom ticket price is 833$.
My question is why it could happen and why LH proposed me such strange prices yesterday? Though I checked LH today and all looks good, Econom price is still 833$ but Premium Econom is 1350$

May be it is a obvious case but I am a newbie)
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Old Apr 23, 19, 2:24 am
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Just bought at LH website Premium Econom ticket that is even cheaper than Econom.
The flight is ORD-KBP-ORD. Return flight is KBP-VIE-ORD that is operated by Austrian. And that Premium Econom ticket costs me 703$ but Econom ticket price is 833$.
My question is why it could happen and why LH proposed me such strange prices yesterday? Though I checked LH today and all looks good, Econom price is still 833$ but Premium Econom is 1350$

May be it is a obvious case but I am a newbie)
Its not an unusual behaviour , and this question is not obvious


while many factors need to be considered , its mostly a question of supply and demand , maybe economy is almost full on 1 or more flights of your journey then LH ask for more money , however premium economy may not be full

You need to check what are the prices for other ''normal dates'' during the entire year , then you will see if theses prices are regular or not
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Old Apr 23, 19, 2:37 am
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USD 700 for Prem Eco US-Europe is a steal IMO.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 3:41 am
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Very cheap indeed. If you bought it, you got a good deal.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:23 am
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I think you also need to compare flexibilities.
Swiss sometimes offers Business cheaper than Eco (within Europe) - if you look at the details Eco is changeable, while Business is not...
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Old Apr 23, 19, 6:46 am
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What can happen is the discounted, restricted economy tickets leaving only higher priced, less restrictive economy tickets available.
However the PE restricted tickets have not sold out hence they are cheaper and less flexible than what is for sale in economy.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by fifty_two View Post
Its not an unusual behaviour , and this question is not obvious


while many factors need to be considered , its mostly a question of supply and demand , maybe economy is almost full on 1 or more flights of your journey then LH ask for more money , however premium economy may not be full

You need to check what are the prices for other ''normal dates'' during the entire year , then you will see if theses prices are regular or not
I dont think that it is a question of supply and demand because I bought ticket in advance, 65 days before flight
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Old Apr 23, 19, 11:02 am
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Sorry cant post screenshot, it is very interesting
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Old Apr 23, 19, 11:02 am
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Oh, but now I can. Let me share it
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Old Apr 23, 19, 4:05 pm
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It happens sometimes.




PS: Out of curiosity: Do you have any quarrel with the letter Y?
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Old Apr 23, 19, 11:19 pm
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I have been looking fom premium economy flights in the fall and have not been able to find anything under $1300 from LAX to Europe
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Old Apr 24, 19, 1:58 am
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Originally Posted by Srklaw7 View Post
I have been looking fom premium economy flights in the fall and have not been able to find anything under $1300 from LAX to Europe
$1300 is a reasonnable price already.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 9:16 am
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Today LH has set usual PE price for Austrian operated flight but decreases price for LH operated PE ticket on my original flight


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Old Apr 24, 19, 9:21 am
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One more interesting point.

I was able to reserve any PE seat when I purchased extra cheap PE ticket.
So I guess that no PE tickets were sold at the moment (except my one)

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Old Apr 26, 19, 12:59 am
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Nothing unusual. I had business trips where the restricted business class ticket was cheaper than the fully flexible economy ticket. Especially the fully flexible economy tickets are very expansive and sometimes the only economy fare bucket left.
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