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How Airlines Price Flights

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aditya thakur (2 days ago)
More like Bendover productions!
SEOTEAM Flightsbird (5 days ago)
Only Flightsbird.com is the best platform.
Michael (6 days ago)
price fixing i think you mean
Mekronid (9 days ago)
So, day of departure I needed to fly to Florida from Connecticut with a one-way ticket. On a Friday. Southwest was offering a single ticket(!!!) for $109. How does _that_ work?
One Lazy Boi (11 days ago)
I got a Qatar airways ad before this video!?
Karthikeyan Jayachandran (12 days ago)
That's really messed up. Purposely to cheat the maximum out of innocent people.
Rodney San Agustin (13 days ago)
I enjoy ALL your videos. This one in particular because I try to make it a point travel back home to Guam, to visit family but the cost for air fare is so expensive it it ought to be considered in some manner illegal. For years, I've wondered what processes were involved in the pricing for flights in and out of Guam, and this video (as with all of them) has provided a lot the answers to many of them. It is unfortunate however, that one Airline can for the most, part engage in monopolistic behavior. But I suspect this plays a small role in the grand scheme. Much of it, will likely lay with the local or federal govt's regulations on air travel for this region and how those policies directly or indirectly affect the air carrier's revenues and the consumer's pocket book. 👍
Konnos Vatamidis (15 days ago)
$129 one way, rock bottom price? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Edoardo396 (18 days ago)
Meanwhile I booked a flight Milan to Copenhagen round-trip for four people for 80€. I guess I got a great deal
Vaporjams (21 days ago)
So Bankrupt each other? Neat
IndiafanFromGermany (22 days ago)
Very interesting to understand. thanks!
Sam Plautz (22 days ago)
Bro flying round trip to the Philippines from Chicago is 550 dollars. How the heck is it over 2000 dollars to go one way to London?
E1craZ4life (13 days ago)
That was explained in the video.
Rhymes With Carbon (26 days ago)
This is reasonably accurate but - as always - not entirely. I have flown last-minute to Las Vegas (from a large hub) for significantly less than it was advertised only weeks before. It's never 100%.
Dias Amreé (1 month ago)
11:00 "prices reflect what people will pay and so people will pay what flights are priced" that is so deep lol
Arief Rakhman (1 month ago)
Wait, no passenger ship from NY to London?
E1craZ4life (13 days ago)
It would take several days on a passenger ship rather than half a day or less by airplane.
Minuka Mak (1 month ago)
Thank You!!
SEOTEAM Flightsbird (1 month ago)
It's totally different according airlines so you should try Flightsbird.com.
Brandon (1 month ago)
Delta has a very big hub in Detroit. This has been a good thing for the airport but awful for the people who don’t use the airport to connect. (O&D) There is a massive Delta terminal that northwest built in the 1999-2002’s that is still considered world class by todays standards and a tiny terminal that serves the other airlines that mostly only fly domestically because Delta/Northwest and primarily the airport wont let them. We even have one of the larger/more concentrated middle eastern populations in the suburbs of Detroit, in the us, however Delta doesn’t like the Middle eastern airline competition, so they have their own “low” fare.
Seros Rosales (1 month ago)
Why I hear food panda
Seros Rosales (1 month ago)
Why I hear food panda
MrCheddahcheese (1 month ago)
You should look at smaller regional flights even more, they have an insane price point. For example, Kenora, Ontario Canada runs Bearskin Airlines. They fly to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay for $1,200 easy. There is no competition but at the same time, this limits the number of passengers they regularly take. Most people will drive to Winnipeg which is two and a half hours away (into a different province) just to take a flight. Many reasons are down to this. Reliability, competition, volume of people/ sq km and catchment area. I could go on but shorter the flight = the more expensive.
Emerald Wolf (1 month ago)
0:51 GTA V
SEOTEAM Flightsbird (1 month ago)
Different price of each airlines but if you book your ticket with Flightsbird.com then you will get a huge discount. Try now..
SpaceOrca (1 month ago)
If only you had this much enthusiasm and interest during your “Greece’s Geography Problem” video to do proper research. Oh well.
Thomas (1 month ago)
When you want a cheap airfare. It's best to book your flight between 12am-8am est! I found some of my best prices between 12am-6am est for flights in USA.
Harry Perry (1 month ago)
How do budget airlines price their flights?
Johanne E. (1 month ago)
Why is LA to NY routinely higher than these prices? Do you know why airlines oversell flights?
bachelors of trolling degree, 2013 (1 month ago)
Airline ticket pricing has a TON of economics behind it
Mr. Gong先生 (1 month ago)
Most of time, I spend 800 dollars over SF to NY Because I travel like business man
American 350 (1 month ago)
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Paul Harding (1 month ago)
Imagine if we all decided to not fly on i.e. Tuesdays...…... It would bring the corporate price gouging bastards to their knees and force them to reduce fares to affordable levels.
Tianhao Xu (2 months ago)
Great video. And you didn't even mention the price of connecting flights and the so-called 'hidden city' (I think you mentioned that on another video...?)
Steveofthejungle8 (2 months ago)
Lol that’s definitely not where South Bend is
SEOTEAM Flightsbird (2 months ago)
There are different price but if you search on Flightsbird.com for airline price, you have to see very cheap with discount.
E1craZ4life (2 months ago)
What's the song at 4:30?
Robert_6- _ (2 months ago)
I paid 400 for basic economy i got ripped 😂😂 should of done my reasearch
susanta malik (2 months ago)
Very cheap price if you book with Flightsbird may be one way or round trip.
Jerry Yawning (2 months ago)
It's basically a mafia.
OktoPhlo (2 months ago)
Isn't Price Matching illegal? Or is it not in the US?
tourtravels (2 months ago)
Go guys, book your air ticket of Norwegian airline on this number 1-888-324-1990, they have great discounts on the air tickets.
Small Moustache Man (3 months ago)
2:30 How is that not illegal in America??
Mary Baptista (3 months ago)
Woooow Very Nice😌👌👌👌👌
Necko Agic (3 months ago)
Did anyone else hear "base cock-onomy" instead "basic economy"?
Jaden Sanchez (3 months ago)
Blue apron doesn’t ship to anchorage,
2002Checker (3 months ago)
How can it fly ?
Fred Stiening (3 months ago)
This explanation completely missed the concept of "code sharing". The airlines that have identical fares at the same time are merely offering tickets flown by other airlines. The name on the plane will be different than your carrier.
Tim Thompson (3 months ago)
Majority of airlines like Ryanair /Easy jet & BRU=TISH airways are ripping off travellers! They have group / tier fare categories.. Its a known fact in the airline industry !! All about "Bums" on seats at extortionate prices!! Gone are those days of free baggage / meal provision service...Their policies are fraudulent!!
TURBO DIESEL (3 months ago)
Car>Airplane
Xan Melton (3 months ago)
+Wendover Productions you should look into the fare wars of the 80s after deregulation of the industry. Very intresting. Also I would suggest the book Hard Landing
RS 7 (3 months ago)
How come loads of budget airlines one way tickets are half the price of return tickets???
hu1a121 (3 months ago)
Abolish ICAO. Fly Emirates between LAX and JFK.
CJ (3 months ago)
Isn't price matching another word for price fixing? Illegal in US?
surya rout (3 months ago)
thanks....So Informative...Wendover Productions)
hermantanderson (4 months ago)
WTF! I'm still confused. 🤔
Jeffrey D (4 months ago)
Why do cruises lower their prices as the departure date approaches, but airlines increase it?
Rohit Sahu (4 months ago)
Well, I've been to Berlin last week & really it is much more fascinating then i've ever imagined! And the best part is i travelled the $1,000 Flights for just 20$!! I done it using The Hidden Airline Loophole That Lets You Book $1,000 Flights for $20 or Less! You should definitely check this out- https://travelfreeofcost.weebly.com/
Alpha Redeye (4 months ago)
That happens with trains as well a service from Leeds to Manchester cost £17.20 one way but a return cost £18.40 only 1 quid more
Moisture Boi (4 months ago)
1000 IQ: Eat blue apron instead of airline food
noah marcus (4 months ago)
lol me and my dad was just talking about south bean airport
Pongtorm Nakornsri (4 months ago)
Is it possible that airlines subsidies their prices in order to keep away competition? That’s my feeling with Qatar Airways Berlin to Bangkok via Doha which is operated by Qatar Airways over ten years now. The only known competitor came from the now defunct AirBerlin on its Direct connection Berlin - Bangkok (2008 to 2012) and later on AirBerlin with it’s partner Etihad Berlin - Abu Dhabi - Bangkok Route. (2012! - 2017). Since than no other airline tried to connect directly or through their hubs again. Except Lufthansa through their major hubs at a much higher price.
Lewd is best bait (4 months ago)
fell asleep
Cosmocat01 (4 months ago)
Yeah, Frontier Airlines! 2 hour flight for $95 a pop, roundtrip from Denver to Dallas and back! Same price as American Airlines and exactly the same time! But you can do it three minutes faster on United Airlines from Denver to Dallas roundtrip for $143! What the hell, United Airlines?
Mr Peco (4 months ago)
Wendover University
Jeffrey Bue (4 months ago)
So.... why ever book the one way ticket even if you’re not returning? Just book the round trip and be done with it.
Zacky Zaki (5 months ago)
Wendover Productions is a good and informative channel. Lots of useful videos on interesting stuff, countries, places, tourism, aviation, etc
J Adachi (5 months ago)
I miss *Virgin America*
Tygran Amalyan (5 months ago)
the word "pork" was worst at the end...
Matt Woldanski (5 months ago)
Just buy RT & don’t use the return
Matt Woldanski (5 months ago)
Why would anyone ever buy a one way to London than?
vikash shashvat (5 months ago)
I didn't understand one way ticket thing ??
Seyit İlktürk (5 months ago)
Am I stupid or is it still complicated?
TH3REDSP1R1T (5 months ago)
Still complicated. You can fly cheaper domestically in the UK / Europe than in the U.S. It's retarded. Think it has to do with govt bullshit subsidies.
Sukra Raj Khaling (5 months ago)
please make some video about private jet how they operate?
Yousuf Sharif (5 months ago)
These videos are so good. You learn so much!
mike watters (5 months ago)
ryan air in ireland have a different system. the seats start at like 2 bucks and get more expensive as the plane fills up. the last guy in pays for the first ones but the airline get the same profit per trip no matter what
mike watters (5 months ago)
horse shit. cheap fares can be had very close to departure. i bought a one way fare from jfk new york to london heathrow with virgin atlantic 4 hours before departure for 90 usa dollars all in. i couldnt believe either. i guess there was low demand. i bought the ticket in ny city.
vangrails (4 months ago)
Isn't that an exception? I mean how often is that possible?
mike watters (5 months ago)
newfoundland
Lava Yuki (5 months ago)
I wonder where Ryanair fits into all this
Nick Arnold (5 months ago)
How is Price Matching not Price Fixing????
Sami Maghrabi (6 months ago)
5:41 miss you dropped ur papers.
The Original ONION (6 months ago)
I’ve been looking for reason to use this emoji 🤯
ReyJ (6 months ago)
Why are A to B to C tickets cheaper than A to B tickets?
Lu Doan (6 months ago)
Do you have a video explaining how flight booking websites like Expedia price tickets? Looking to better understand why tickets for the same flights differ on flight booking websites..
RenTin (6 months ago)
Booking . yeah
Kottonkandy09 (6 months ago)
"This way, travelers make their decision based on the reputation of the airline, rather than the price" Well, we all know United Airlines isn't gonna be everyones first pick...
drunkrussianisgood (1 month ago)
+ItsMyDank747 oh I agree that they're inferior to Asian/European airlines in most ways. But when comparing to US airlines, I don't find United much better or worse than the others for the average traveller, and they get shit on unnecessarily by people who don't really know much about air travel. It's also funny because most people in reality choose on price alone, and will literally fly anyone to save a dollar. So it's all talk and no action anyways.
ItsMyDank747 (1 month ago)
+drunkrussianisgood I had friends who flown united and they always say its not great. Their service sucks, and overall the reputation for the airline is still bad ever since they dragged a passenger off a flight. Even my dad who flown united couple times and is a business traveler can agree that united is bad. I've heard good things about Delta and that too their service as well as their reputation as a whole is better than United. Comparing United's lounges and upgrades, in terms of US based carriers Delta is better, but Asian and some European carriers are far better.
drunkrussianisgood (1 month ago)
yeah...no. Many of us go out of our way to fly United because we're treated well. I personally have Gold status with them, and am willing to pay more to fly with United vs other us airlines. For that I get upgrades, lounge access, Economy Plus seating, and free baggage allowance. People who actually travel often know the dragging off story is a one time thing. Every airline gets people who say "they would rather fly with anyone but them". That is until that airline has the cheapest price again...
ItsMyDank747 (1 month ago)
Best comment ever in this comment section
Teddy 97 (6 months ago)
So if I want to stay just a day or two, I should just buy two round-trip tickets for $1200 and take just one flight of every round-trip ticket. It won't make a difference for anyone, cause Airlines would have calculated that someone would probably do that and overbooked the flights accordingly.
Henry Latimer (6 months ago)
The. 1 dollar flight Toronto to Boston per person
William Lobb (6 months ago)
Did you look into the price of Norwegian fly out of Stewart from New York to Dublin
tsuchan1 (6 months ago)
Minimum stay requirements: - Do airlines prevent passengers booking 2 return tickets A->B->A and B->A->B? Then they could avoid the minimum stay rules, huh? I wonder how they'd prevent that, when passports uniquely identifying a passenger are not required till check-in? - Even if they somehow prevent that inside their own airline, surely they couldn't prevent passengers buying the two return tickets with a competitor airline?
Nina B Lil (6 months ago)
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Martinit0 (6 months ago)
"genius concept that allows people to buy tickets at the prices they can afford". This concept is actually very old. You can still experience it at the bazaar. It starts with "Where are you coming from, my friend?"
vangrails (4 months ago)
"Oh you are from Denmark/America/France/Spain/Poland/Chili/.......Such a nice country!! I have special price for you!!"
Sir Bob Lightbulb MCDLIX (6 months ago)
lol that ending ad for blue apron tho. i thot u wer gonna start talking about plane food, and then you said blue apron i wuz like :"genius"
Philip Baker (7 months ago)
These videos are good - but why the awful background 'music'? It is a real distraction and irritation, and for people like me whose hearing is not 100% good, the background actually makes it more difficult to hear all of the speech clearly. What purpose does the background noise actually serve? I can't think of anything. When the background music/whatever is being added, what is the rational behind it? What reason do you give yourself for doing it? What are you thinking about when you add it? It doesn't just apply to your videos of course, but to so much broadcast material, unfortunately. Maybe you could be the pioneer in demonstrating that you can make superb videos without needing anything else behind the speech (except the pictures of course).
Adonis Segundo (7 months ago)
Choose Delta. You're still entitled 1 carry on bag though you purchase a basic economy tkt. Haha
Lancer (7 months ago)
10:55 No there's a second choice. I remember how a few years ago Google Maps told me to use a Jetski to cross the Atlantic.
No Name (7 months ago)
7:45 that Phoenix Sky Harbor airport that’s where I live. Slogan for the airport is, America’s friendliest airport.
gocelinedion (7 months ago)
Competition works!!
Gordon Gaming (7 months ago)
canjet Ceased operations: September 1, 2015
Angelchildxx (7 months ago)
Nowadays new-york Dublin is 80$ with wow air
Pavel Drumev (7 months ago)
Seriously you can fly from NY to LA for $159? Its just WOW
oliver jack (7 months ago)
My god that beeping in the background made me wanna jump off a bridge