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Unworthy Air Canada Airfare Promo

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Unworthy Air Canada Airfare Promo

I planned to visit London, England sometimes next mth.

Got an email from Air Canada for its latest promo 20% off econo 10 % business, this morning.
I tried my 'luck' for 'cheaper' airfare.
From what I read/seen/gathered, it is a BIG 'joke'.
Comparing AC fares last saturday and yesterday with today's promo, it is not much a bigger difference.
Yea! AC 20% discount is not really reflected in the pricing
Example: Total pricing
22/09 (no Promo) 23/09 (Prom0 20% ??)
Basic 827.08 799.08 25% aeroplan (outbound) 1st baggage $60 extra adv seat $73
Economy 942.08 891.08 50% aeroplan (Both ways) Free 1st baggage adv seat $27

Sad to say, no choice but to fly AC as it is cheaper than BA for non-stop flight plus the destinated Heathrow terminal is much familiar to get around.

Thanks for reading my 'rant'.
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I just checked prices with the discount code and without, no change whatsoever despite the ticket parameters meeting the sale requirements.
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Usually the promo only applies to the base fare price while most of the fees comes from the surcharges.
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Think of the Childre…
nothing new with AC click/bait advertising.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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I am also tracking the cost of flights on an upcoming trip this winter
And have been doing so for several weeks now

This so called 20% Off Sale on Base Fares, did NOTHING for me

In my scenario the various flights & dates I am looking at actually jumped up in price by about 30% in the past few days
Lol, and I checked, it’s not an availability issue

My guess is this isn’t the sale I need to be booking under

I checked my records, last year there was a good sale late in October
When prices actually did come down

So right now, I think that’s what I am waiting for
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Think of the Childre…
Where ya going?
PointsHubby wrote: I am also tracking the cost of flights on an upcoming trip this winter
And have been doing so for several weeks now

This so called 20% Off Sale on Base Fares, did NOTHING for me

In my scenario the various flights & dates I am looking at actually jumped up in price by about 30% in the past few days
Lol, and I checked, it’s not an availability issue

My guess is this isn’t the sale I need to be booking under

I checked my records, last year there was a good sale late in October
When prices actually did come down

So right now, I think that’s what I am waiting for

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Try other airlines as well rather than ba or ac
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PointsHubby wrote: In my scenario the various flights & dates I am looking at actually jumped up in price by about 30% in the past few days
Lol, and I checked, it’s not an availability issue
How can you determine that?
Dynamic pricing by the airlines is based on seats sold vs seats expected to be sold at the time you request the price.
I didn't think any of that was readily available
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krs wrote: How can you determine that?
Dynamic pricing by the airlines is based on seats sold vs seats expected to be sold at the time you request the price.
I didn't think any of that was readily available
Yes you can determine that. Ask a friend at AC to check the loads :-)
Or subscribe to Expert Flyer - if it shows J9, E9, Y9, A9 for example it means there are plenty of seats. Its better to check business and PY because J9 generally means 9 free seats out of a cabin of say 24. Much tougher to predict in economy though if all low fare classes show availability like T9, L9, A9, K9 then it means there are lots of seats since the lowest/cheapest fare classes are still available.
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krs wrote: How can you determine that?
Dynamic pricing by the airlines is based on seats sold vs seats expected to be sold at the time you request the price.
I didn't think any of that was readily available
If it’s a large number of flights on various dates to a Destination .., months in advance it’s not likely availability
It’s more like AC has padded the pricing BEFORE / in anticipation of a Seat Sale
(Proving it though is another matter)

I very well expect there will be an adjustment in fares listed
Come October
When things will go back to where they were in Late August / Early September when I first began looking
And more realistically corresponding to prices at the same time last year for the same Destinations

Example ...
Late August prices were showing between $ 700 & $ 800 Return
That’s fair, and similar to what we paid Winter 2018 (about $ 650 - $ 675 Return)
Prices stayed in that range until this past week / weekend
This sale is announced ... and immediately I checked
Prices are now showing between $ 900 and $ 1100

Nothing else changed in like a 24 hour period

AC usually has a big sunshine seat sale in late Oct / early Nov
That’s why I have been monitoring prices
I expect this years quote of $ 750 to drop to below $ 700 then
As it was last year (Although i’d be ok with a hair over $ 700 too)

Not getting suckered into $ 900, $ 1000, or $ 1100 now
It’s a fake sale
Based on fake availability / demand
(Should be... Availability goes down, and prices go up)

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