BA to Dublin in December – big spike in faresBack to Forum
Anonymous8 Jan 2014
Just looking at booking a weekend trip to Dublin in December and according to the BA low price finder, fares are 50% higher than the rest of the year.
Does anyone know this might be? Should I hold off booking in the hope they might come back down again?
Aboslutely nothing available using Avios either, which is strange so far in advance.8 Jan 2014
You have to remember that conventional carriers and LCCs adopt different pricing policies.
The latter charge less when you book many months ahead ; the former will wait until they see how their loads are performing and then readjust their prices.8 Jan 2014
AMcWhirter – I understand what you are saying, but on that basis one would expect there to be a gradual increase over the year.
In this case, price is consistant throughout the year up until the end of November, when there is a significant spike.8 Jan 2014
In which BA probably expects a lot of demand in December 2014 so is waiting to see what happens. In other words, it may or may not offer lower rates depending on how the bookings come in.
At least that’s as I understand it. Others may know better …8 Jan 2014
If you have a limited amount of a commodity, you will sell it for the highest price it can command. Revenue management’s job is to constantly monitor booking patterns based on past trends and actual bookings, and to put the available seats into the most appropriate revenue buckets to maximise yields.8 Jan 2014
Whether selling seats can be classed as a commodity in the same way as a diamond, is debatable, but as a professional, selling the commodity of “time” to fee paying clients, the regulators would come down like a ton of bricks, if hourly rates were spiked, according to demand.
I have seen fares increase by a factor of 3.5 from this week to last week. Revenue Management may be allowed to do this, but whether it is “fare” or not, is very very questionable…7 Feb 2014
To answer BA744fan’s original question, you often see such “spikes” 12 months in advance as the lower fare buckets will not have been loaded yet.
You often see the same when a new route is launched with only the fully flex, highest fare bucket available for forward purchase, with more refined pricing becoming visible later on.
Lowest fares are currently £89 rtn to Dublin and £106 rtn to Belfast City. I’m heading up there later in the year to see the Titanic Exhibition:
It’s great news that Dublin and Belfast are heading to T5, though what, I wonder will have to go back to T1 in their stead…?7 Feb 2014
Titanic outstanding – a world class attraction – don’t rush it ! Loads of other stuff to do in Northern Ireland – I am biased however.
Is T1 not being demolished ?7 Feb 2014
SM – nothing. I’d expect a big reshuffle of the pack in October: by then a number of airlines will have moved from T3 to T2. This will allow BA to move various flights to T3, and bring others from T1 to T3/T5.7 Feb 2014
I fly BHD – LHR numerous times per year with BA… the fare structuring never seems to make sense (clearly does to the Rev.Manager) – sometimes the cheapest fares can be found 48-72hours before departure yet understandably only at off-peak travel periods…
LHR – BHD in the days before Christmas 2013 had some of the highest fares on this route (in fact this year it was cheaper to fly BA to JFK from LHR than it was to fly LHR – BHD when making the booking a few days prior to Christmas!).
And such great news about the move to T5!
@SergeantMajor – As for Titanic Exhibition – great place! No doubt you will enjoy. Try and make it to the Mourne Seafood bar for a bite to eat as well!7 Feb 2014