LHR - DXB vs DXB - LHR returns

Old Jan 8, 13, 10:22 am
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LHR - DXB vs DXB - LHR returns

Does anyone know why a return from DXB to LHR is as much as 75% more expensive than LHR to DXB? It's effectively the same trip, so why the massive discrepency?

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Old Jan 8, 13, 10:58 pm
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The same is true AUH->LHR. After more than three years of living in AUH, I am still "stuck" on LHR-AUH-LHR tickets to get me back to the UK, as they are considerably cheaper than the AUH-LHR-AUH direction.
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Old Jan 9, 13, 7:32 am
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Supply and demand. And it applies in both directions
If you look at BA in CW you can find days where DXB-LHR-DXB is cheaper than starting in London
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Old Jan 11, 13, 5:25 pm
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I don't know how rigorous the OP's analysis was, as it could come down to reduced availability on a particular day closing out lower fare buckets.

The market anomalies can work to your advantage though. There are often some very nice Gulf-USA business fares (AA fare codeshare on BA flights) that work out cheaper than a straight return to LON !

e.g. currently available:

BA I class DXB-LHR rtn in April - AED 12410
AA I class DXB-JFK rtn in April - AED 12230

Free weekend in NYC anyone ?

Fares ex-Gulf often have more flexibility or much lower change/canx penalties. e.g. USD160 on the above AA fare.
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Old Jan 13, 13, 1:00 am
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Good spot, dunk. Might have to check one of those out.
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Old Jan 13, 13, 5:37 am
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Originally Posted by dunk View Post
I don't know how rigorous the OP's analysis was, as it could come down to reduced availability on a particular day closing out lower fare buckets.

The market anomalies can work to your advantage though. There are often some very nice Gulf-USA business fares (AA fare codeshare on BA flights) that work out cheaper than a straight return to LON !

e.g. currently available:

BA I class DXB-LHR rtn in April - AED 12410
AA I class DXB-JFK rtn in April - AED 12230

Free weekend in NYC anyone ?

Fares ex-Gulf often have more flexibility or much lower change/canx penalties. e.g. USD160 on the above AA fare.
There are a lot of examples like this -- TK flights from the Gulf, or even CAI and BEY, are generally much cheaper than itineraries with the same segment starting in IST.

As the previous poster said, it's supply-and-demand. BA is competing with a lot of airlines on DXB-JFK, whereas on the non-stop DXB-LHR there is less competition (and people willing to pay a premium for the non-stop).

People travel these routes routinely understand this. For example, when I was traveling IAD-Gulf back-and-forth repeatedly, I would buy a one-way at the beginning of the project and then buy the rest of my flights Gulf-IAD until the end of the project. Or a round-trip for the beginning and end, and then nest Gulf-originating tickets in between. Fine if you're not circumventing the fare rules (or if the outer IAD-Gulf-IAD trip is on a different airline).
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