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How Airlines Price Flights

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Noah Palmieri (8 days ago)
He missed the chance to say that the price to Dublin was doublin' compared to LA
Mike Appleby (12 days ago)
lol, Montreal is "central" Canada? The 2,00 miles of Canada west of Montreal would like a word
MofongoGringo (15 days ago)
Can you do a video on apartment rent prices in the larger apartment communities. All of these types of communities throughout the country now use a special software that adjusts the rental prices every single day. I have 25 years in the industry and can certainly help you out. It would be interesting for people to see.
Marcel Oenning (20 days ago)
Buy 2 roundtrip tickets that fulfill the minium stay requirement instead of 1 roundtrip ticket :D
Thelostclock (22 days ago)
Holy.. I left one of the Wendover video playing and went to sleep... I had this non stop airline pricing lecture in my dream...
AirSoftMaverick3232 (24 days ago)
minimum stay requirements sound like a huge load of shit. man-made rules that jack up the price
Y (28 days ago)
AA: changes price to $143 Other Airlines: *Confused screaming*
Dylan Shramko (1 month ago)
I want to know why on my flight between Chicago O'Hare and Las Vegas American somehow sent my bag to Tokyo-Narita rather than Las Vegas
Coach (1 month ago)
The constant beeping in the background audio reminds me of being in a hospital and I can't stand it. Come on man!
Jawad Arif (1 month ago)
Can you explain for example if I'm want to go say Abu dubia from Manchester (England) using eithtad, it sometime cheaper for me to put down Manchester to dubia them mancheter to Abu dubia ,
Abraham Aguilar (1 month ago)
i worked for Volaris and they teach you that it's all based on demand.
Raphael Edralin (1 month ago)
Wait but i just looked it up it costs about 430 dollars roundtrip from jfk to lhr???? In february
paulgilpin (1 month ago)
is this a "B" bucket video? or maybe "N"? plenty of valuable information, but no sarcasm. there were ample opportunities for sarcasm, but only information. sad face. have to go to a competitor's video. will have to wait until tuesday.
Clyde Foofoofnik (1 month ago)
4:30 "loosing" money? How "loose" is it?
Razzmatazz (24 days ago)
Clyde Foofoofnik he said it right
Mohanad el nokali (1 month ago)
You call it genius, i call it greed!
Brian Lin (1 month ago)
Christopher Rod (1 month ago)
What are you talking about? JFK to most of Europe is cheap af. Like $250
Si4mon (2 months ago)
Do you have any links to resources? I need it urgently for my studies...
Jefferson Domingo (2 months ago)
In Canada, it cost $300 from Edmonton to Toronto one way. And if your flying from US to europe, it only cost $380 Round trip.
RandomGuineaPig Aviation (2 months ago)
that concept about one way being more expensive than return is just dumb. if u were a passenger, you would pay for a return flight to london and come back the next day with a different return ticket so less than half of the one way.
Papa Tango (2 months ago)
Why didn’t you also compare first class because fair pockets restrictions may be different.
JustSomeAnimatorPerson (2 months ago)
That's not what Michigan looks like.
zeyuan liu (2 months ago)
AC is truly shit. just milk canadians
Ryan (2 months ago)
Thomas Cooke couldn’t hack the pricing 😂😂
kdgkh xx (2 months ago)
Well its 2019 and i’m going to new york from athens. Just 200$. 😂 good times
Ryan Smith (2 months ago)
I broke into a cold sweat with the New York to LA flight. Words problems are for monsters.
MrBannnnnny (3 months ago)
11:46 2 C Dix lmaooooo
TIAviation (3 months ago)
So if I’d fly from JFK to LHR I could better just buy a round trip ticket and don’t show up at the LHR-JFK flight...?
Roger James Richards (2 months ago)
Yes, and it's an increasing trend.
88 _Garnet (3 months ago)
Blue Apron? how much do they pay, to be sent organic food? i hope its organic; if its suppose to be healthy. organic can mean an extra trip, but its not that hard to obtain anymore. You have to be absurdly busy, to have your meals shipped half way around the world for you; what a luxury. I mean, meals are everyday. And, you pay for each one, I guess; even if sent in bulk.
Baron von Limbourgh (3 months ago)
Thats a cartel. Illegal in most of the world.
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click the number 3 multiple times thank me later
coco bloco (3 months ago)
Is it like this is Europe too ?
Baron von Limbourgh (3 months ago)
Europe has more regulation preventing cartels and predatory pricing so generally is cheaper. The main mechanisms are broadly just as shitty though.
betty boop (3 months ago)
I really, really love your videos. Thank you for these. 😀
Kaegi Alexander (3 months ago)
The explanation of why a one way ticket is more expensive based on the minimum stay requirements does not make sense. He says "because the airline does not know how long the pax is going to stay at the destination, it falls into the highest price category". The whole point is to price cheaper for leisure travelers. But flying one-way does not identify you neither as business nor as leisure traveler. Business and leisure tend to book return tickets, so this criteria is not discriminating. So there must be another cause for the high price of one-way tickets.
The AK (3 months ago)
Ahhhh yes of course enslaved planes in motion
Aria (3 months ago)
When you are actually interested in a product placement for once but it's country restricted.
Papa Tango (3 months ago)
You should have also done first and business class.
Pe goe (3 months ago)
Who in their right mind would chose United over any other Airline?
In Full Bloom (3 months ago)
You forgot to mention, the tracking cookies that we must accept. They track us and if we search a certain route multiple times the price will not decrease but the opposite.
jbam (3 months ago)
A flight to London is 400
Cathal Duggan (3 months ago)
Aer lingus fly dublin to New york from 180€ one way and it isn’t a budget airline
Cathal Duggan (3 months ago)
TheSushiraw I said that is wasn’t in the comment
TheSushiraw (3 months ago)
Is AER LINGUS low cost airline?
Ajdin Kahric (3 months ago)
Hmmm this is interesting. If all airlines chose to charge $144.00 for the same flight wouldn't that be illegal price fixing. It gives the customer no option but to buy. There is a clause that states that its legal if they didn't agree with their competitors on this but its clearly very obvious that they did.
Elijah Ford (3 months ago)
United sucks. Don’t fly United.
Vicky Alex29 (3 months ago)
So if i want to move from New York to London i would get the 600$ round trip ticket and never return because its cheaper to pay 600$ for a round trip than 5000++$ for a one way trip
FranticChicken (4 months ago)
I live in Canada and air canada is the worst airline ever. Always delayed, usually overbooked and loses your luggage. Fly westjet people
Abhi Desai (4 months ago)
I love these plane videos
George Tinsley (4 months ago)
ryanair doesn’t apply to this🤣
G Rosa (4 months ago)
I was happy to see Lincoln Park Airport in there.
Rabia Khan (4 months ago)
flash rox (4 months ago)
U know when u pay $318 u get the L
I Love Japan (4 months ago)
Instead of the expensive ticket from New York to Dublin you could travel from New York to London and then from London to Dublin
freeinko (4 months ago)
I work for a far large company operating in most countries in the world :D We book the lowest price tickets for us and for our employees to keep frugal :D It is far cheaper to give someone 2-3 more days paid without work in destination then pay a 3000 ticket :D
Kristi Ivanenco (4 months ago)
Where the hell did you find that price for the New York London flight?
Soyinka Seguin (4 months ago)
Dude why can't you appreciate Canada can't you say the city name unsubscribing me disliking
alex burnette (4 months ago)
2:08 thanks for using my birthday
GHustle4 (4 months ago)
When they start charging kids as kids instead of a full adult ticket! I'll fly again..until then if I'll rather drive
GHustle4 (4 months ago)
Vladimir Burmistrovich are you stupid? A kid shouldn’t be charged as an adult! Smfh
Vladimir Burmistrovich (4 months ago)
GHustle4 do kids take up less than a seat? The companies are selling seats, they don’t care who sits in them
De Banks Judo (4 months ago)
What does wendover productions says I like planes
Alan Robb (4 months ago)
Forget about the fares for flights being the purest form of capitalism (buyer beware) the American sales model of charge as much as the market can stand (for market see people) no one minds price differences however the OBVIOUSE gouging done by air travel, train travel even bus travel are great in the short term. But.. people are seeing the pricing and some journeys you have no choice if you NEED to travel on a Monday well you pay the price however the much vaunted "competition" should in a free market balance at least a bit. But that would work were it not for agreements by airlines, and simple monopolies on certain routes.a perfect example was after the last crash, several very large travel companies in Europe merged they immediately found due to these mergers the had a monopoly on flights to certain destinations and what happened GREED within a month or two these routs "doubled" holiday and flight prices doubled?   Personally that mindset is ultimately self destructive as these Hugh companies are normally harder to react when things change (especially after making money over several years, why worry we have done great..)
MEGIDIOT (4 months ago)
There are so many errors in this video I am shook
Liam Foss (4 months ago)
Like what?
snusk monster (4 months ago)
Tuesday is the cheapest day? Now it makes sense why i went on vacation on a tuesday or not any othet day..
Mark Schultz (4 months ago)
3:22 That's not how Montreal. You pronounce it «Mun-tree-all», «mun» like monday.
Papa Tango (5 months ago)
He should have also included first/ business class.
widgon (5 months ago)
10:03 Welcome to Penis International Airport!
Solis Outdoors (5 months ago)
*7:39**.. To the clever passenger. Forget the one-way tickets. Even if you dont need the return ticket, get the round trip tickets instead of oneways. Thus you save money. I have done that several times. I just dont show up on the return flight.... :-D*
smurfyday (5 months ago)
Kayak is showing a flight from NY to Sacramento in Feb. when school is out, has two seats left. Is that always real? Or do airlines hold some fare buckets? The flights are almost $500 right now. I thought the best time to buy domestic is usually a month in advance. How can that be if all the fares for lower buckets go first?
Jay Shah (5 months ago)
These videos are amazing! More plane videos!
Nathan Bryan (6 months ago)
I want A Round Trip Ticket, FROM Indianapolis AIRPORT Indiana, TO Albuquerque International airport, The Date, June 14th TO June 30th. Starting Biting...
Joseph Magarelli (6 months ago)
wait-- but if a one way ticket is more than double a round way ticket why wouldn't you just get the round trip and just not go on it????
Volodymyr Sinievych (6 months ago)
it means that a one-way trip is, say, $50. Round trip is 80$
Michael Davenport (6 months ago)
Fly Norwegian and you will not regret it. They have the most attractive prices - just bring your own food.
Unser_Rommel 1942 (6 months ago)
How much $$ would it cost from Seattle to Berlin round trip?
VineFynn (6 months ago)
Price discrimination is a bad thing, not a good one.
Vincent Massaro (6 months ago)
Hold on...If a one-way ticket costs nearly $1500 more than a full round trip, couldn’t you just book a round trip and simply not go on your returning flight?
intercitty (12 days ago)
@Loui Gee maybe they should allow the ticket holder to transfer it to a different passenger, at a reasonable price, and the world would be better off.
Melbourne Trains Vlogs (1 month ago)
My dad does this
Nik Halaszi (2 months ago)
I fly back and forth every 3 weeks. I have it figured out were I alternate airlines to and from. Allowing me to fly "round trips" I fly airline A to Europe. 3 days later airline B home. 14 days go by airline B to Europe (round trip pricing) and than airline A home (21 day stay and round trip pricing) Wash, rinse, repeat.
GHustle4 (4 months ago)
I noticed that and started doing it myself it works or you can use your returning flight by switching it out to another place as a one-way if you plane on only doing a one way plan ahead to see which place you would visit set that as your return flight ....Thank me later
GHustle4 (4 months ago)
@Loui Gee They sue you for not letting them high jack you of your money wtf lmao
PseudoTiger (6 months ago)
Why did you put sunday as the first day of the week. Is that an american thing?
Ian Rudolph (6 months ago)
DeeZanic Yes, the first day of the work week is Monday but technically the first day of the week is Sunday.
i got DiBz (7 months ago)
I always wondered of Manhattan Regional Airport in Manhattan, Kansas. They have a two-terminal airport, but only have American Airlines as their airline (plus some charter airplanes). Tickets are so freaking expensive. Whenever I could, I would just drive two hours to Kansas City and fly out with Southwest Airlines.
69 Tours (7 months ago)
Have you seen Blue Apron's share price?? It has fallen by almost 90% since its IPO. Something is not quite right there.
Marc-André Servant (7 months ago)
What stops you from purchasing two pairs of round trip tickets (one JFK-LHR and the other LHR-JFK), bypassing the minimum stay requirements? I mean, Airline A won't check Airline B's systems to see whether you came back to New York immediately, and (assuming you are a US citizen), you will get an extra departure and arrival scan in your passport. Customs will know, but the gate agent won't be checking every single passport page by page for extra stamps. If you're an EU citizen and flying to Schengen countries, this is foolproof because they won't stamp you at all.
ArmyMenMan (7 months ago)
I was waiting for him to mention Southwest
Vasili Leung (7 months ago)
Anyone else thought there were mosquitoes flying around them while watching this video?
resQjack (7 months ago)
don’t worry with aoc green new deal you will not need to check prices anymore
Mike (7 months ago)
how airlines price flights: TRUTH: "backroom price fixing" between all airlines to keep prices artificially high.
Mike (7 months ago)
@C Lopezlol, I'm a PILOT Mr. Snarky. That's how I know for a fact. like every insurance agency on the market, airlines Co.'s are in cahoots w/ one another and violating antitrust laws behind closed doors. Check the major airlines average CEO salary before opening your fat mouth and making personally targetted remarks on the fly. (pun intended) Facts speak.
C Lopez (7 months ago)
Except.... all the budget airlines offering flights at prices that barely keep them in business. They guy actually explains how they do it, they charge business fliers a fortune because either they are rich or their company is paying for it, so they can afford it. Airline prices are pretty cheap overall so you are talking crap and you are a cheapskate.
Zone6TV (7 months ago)
8:18 Price discrimination... aka quasi socialism. Don't you just love it!!
Naum Rusomarov (7 months ago)
you wouldn't recognise quasi-socialism if one hit you in the face.
Chico Ferraz (7 months ago)
3:40 USD or CAD?
Jeffrey Deeds (8 months ago)
Outstanding explanation of one of the most complicated pricing systems in existence! New sub.
Flights Bird (8 months ago)
Airline tickets is very low price if you book air tickets on Flightsbird.com and also get upto $150 OFF.
Brian Coelho (8 months ago)
If possible pls make video of Delhi to Mumbai route total operational cost of budget carrier flight eg: fuel cost in ltr, crew cost airport charges etc
Brian Coelho (8 months ago)
Nic video
Mr. Boomguy (8 months ago)
Oh boy, I see some big desruption potential with those pricy routs. Just proofs, that the market needs competition...
jamie 123 (8 months ago)
Ireland is a lot better with Ryan air
abadiqaisy123 (8 months ago)
there are many things u didn't say in this video, I was a ticketing officer and you forgot staff tickets and 7 day or 3 month or 12 month validies ex. if you book a return more than 7 days the price will be cheaper. and the validity of the ticket can be 3 months or 6 month or12 months. and you forgot to mention ZED fares and 50% with seats and 90% tickets without seats. and last minute flights, for example zed fares uses miles instead of daily price changes. with zed fares and 90% fares u fly exact same price anytime during the year. you also forgot surcharge if buying from the ticketing office. that's why online prices are cheaper and not refundable and you also forgot re issue fees and airport taxes additional payments . u missed a lot in this video. but good job
The Automaticist (8 months ago)
Part of the official training course for airport staff?
Joey Joue (8 months ago)
*Reads title* Who the FUCK cares about this shit *Uploaded by Wendover Productions* Sign me the FUCK up
Jason S (8 months ago)
Excellent video, but I feel that you're missing one important point about the cost of flying international, which are taxes and international tax etc.
Ashutoshshahane 9 (8 months ago)
You forgot the i between n&g
E1craZ4life (8 months ago)
Ashutoshshahane 9 Where?
Cacilia Why (8 months ago)
It also depends on where you buy your ticket at. on Norwegian they have three options for English: American English, British English, and all other English. You can save up to $40 to $50 a ticket if you go to other English, but you're still buying from the same airport to the same airport.
Константин Георгиев (8 months ago)
Meanwhile in Europe a flight of similar distance (Sofia - London Liton) USUALLY costs about $60 thanks to Wizz Air and Ryan Air.
Andy Madden (8 months ago)
01:44 Monday is the first day of the week.
Jefferson Domingo (8 months ago)
My family is planning to go home to the philippines from Edmonton, Canads on december 10, 2019, and the prices are Really Expensive, so the cheapest was $1377 Cad (Roundtrip with 2 stops) . Or $1,031 Usd. Per person, and there are 4 of us..
Jefferson Domingo (8 months ago)
@Wild Men Of Borneo we found a flight from edmontom to seattle, and seattle to tokyo, and tokyo manila, and the price is so cheap for it's month
Wild Men Of Borneo (8 months ago)
The Dominus here some suggestions for your family trip👌if u can fly from Canada returns to japan or Korea n buy a low cost airlines (AirAsia Airlines do fly to to this country)🙏👌🙏n u might get a very cheap flight to Philippines via Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur 👌u have to do few stop over👌hope this might help🙏
BlackWickedChopper (8 months ago)
What about Taxes? Airport charges? Oil prices? They cost in some countries up to 70% of the ticket price. It's not about competition only.
Damon Ferrara (8 months ago)
"People spend there whole lives figuring out what to charge you to fly." Feels a bit personal, really.
It’s fissy (8 months ago)
if theres one thing i learned living in canada is EVERYTHING IS SUPER INFLATED IN CANADA