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Happy New Year! Here’s a complete list of all the deals we posted in 2018 – the basic data points we track are publish date, origination, destination, airline, price, and whether it’s a domestic or international flight. All prices listed are for Regular Economy, unless stated otherwise.
Thank you for all of your support — what we do would not be possible without all of you. Many thanks.
In 2018, fares to Europe and Asia continue to be cheap. However, this trend is unlikely to continue, at least to Europe. Rising fuel costs and reduced competition from WOW Air and the demise of Primera, the incentives for traditional carriers like American, Delta and United, to discount is less. In addition, Norwegian isn’t in great financial shape either.
The introduction of Basic Economy fares by American, Delta, United and its European partners to Europe means that travelers are paying more for the same exact product. The product has also declined as airlines squeeze more seats on its planes, like going 10 across seating in economy on Boeing 777s. We perceive the gap between Basic Economy and Regular Economy fares continue to increase. When Basic Economy fares were first introduced in the Summer of 2018, the gap was between $70 and $90. Lately, the gap has been between $90 and $180. When the gap is $180, it doesn’t make sense to buy a Regular Economy fare as the baggage fee is only $60 each way. Seats have been monetized to the point that, regardless of Basic Economy or Regular Economy, you will be paying for the privilege of a decent seat.
In 2018, we did an almost 4 month test with deals for First, Business and Premium Economy class. We discontinued the test due to a smaller readership compared to that for economy deals. But many of you have asked us to bring it back – so we will decide how to best do that this year in the upcoming month.
And here’s the URL link to get it full screen – The Flight Deal 2018 Deal List.
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