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Economy Delight - wondering if I have found a good deal?

Old Aug 30, 19, 12:27 pm
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Economy Delight - wondering if I have found a good deal?

Haven't flown overseas for about 10 years and planning a trip next spring. Fly domestic frequently on Alaska Air, but booking an international flight is SO different than it used to be. My husband and I are pretty tall, so extra legroom is appreciated. We have found tickets on Virgin Atlantic in "economy delight" SEA-LHR/LHR-SEA for a total of about 1800.00 USD. For those of you who may fly this route on a regular or semi regular basis, does this seem like a good deal? Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old Aug 31, 19, 1:10 pm
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Doesn't seem unduly cheap to me. I suspect there are fare sales that would beat that fare, perhaps even in Premium Economy.
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Old Aug 31, 19, 3:08 pm
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I agree that it seems pretty steep for what is essentially an economy seat.

Have you been saving your Alaska miles? It might be worth looking at whether you can use Alaska miles to redeem for a BA or AA flight to London.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 2:59 am
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$900 each sounds a lot to me for an economy flight.

when are you travelling?

use something like google flights to check what other airlines are charging for comparison
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Old Sep 1, 19, 3:51 pm
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Thanks!

Thanks for the input everyone. We have been searching everyday using all sorts of sites and tools, including just going to individual airline sites and this is about the cheapest airfare we can find that allows us to choose seats ahead of time. As it is a pretty long flight, we are wanting to sit together and in seats with a bit more room. We are flying at the end of May, 2020, and returning in late June. Has anyone had experience with flights similar to this coming down in price as the date draws closer? Any ideas/input is, as always, greatly appreciated!
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Old Sep 2, 19, 2:28 am
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For that route, which I do quite a lot and sometimes use SEA as a connection to LAX, I view that fare as extremely expensive. I'd want at least Premium for that kind of cash.

Try changing your dates a little and including a Saturday night if you haven't already because $1800 sounds like it's a full Economy fare. You're probably not meeting one of the requirements for the cheaper fares.
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Old Sep 2, 19, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by CommanderB View Post
For that route, which I do quite a lot and sometimes use SEA as a connection to LAX, I view that fare as extremely expensive. I'd want at least Premium for that kind of cash.

Try changing your dates a little and including a Saturday night if you haven't already because $1800 sounds like it's a full Economy fare. You're probably not meeting one of the requirements for the cheaper fares.
$1800 for 2 - $900 each...
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Old Sep 2, 19, 10:56 am
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Just for fun I did a search for May 8 - 15 (I always start on Google flights) and I see what you are seeing - in fact it looks like it went up to about $950 for the "Delight".

1. You really do have time on your side at the moment. I booked a decent flight to Rome this year for May, 6 weeks out for my niece and it wasn't outrageous at all.

2. From what I can tell on the Virgin website Economy Light is $600 RT, Economy Classic is $700 RT, and Economy Delight is $932. (RT per person) The only extra thing you are getting for your $232 (from Classic to Delight) is Priority Check In, Dedicated Storage, and 3 inches. MAYBE 3 inches is worth an extra $464 (for both of you) but that's a lot for a few inches.

3. The 787 in Economy is 3-3-3. I'd be tempted to buy an extra seat instead of bumping up to "Delight" so you'd have a guaranteed empty middle and could both stretch your legs to the middle? It would be $600 X 3 or the $1800 for the Delight. You still get to pick your seat in Economy Classic and get one checked bag.

PS. I clicked on a "Sale" link on Virgin Atlantic and then asked for fares within a 5 week window. Cheapest fares for May seemed to be on the 12, 13, 19, 20 and 26th - for that that is worth?

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Old Sep 3, 19, 2:26 am
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
$1800 for 2 - $900 each...
Ahh, totally got the wrong end of the stick then. $900 is pretty decent.
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