Sunday, December 06, 2009

See if this makes any sense to you.

Ah, plane ticket prices: you make no sense. Check this shizz out.

I might be going to Iceland over the Xmas holidays — not the sunniest of destinations to be sure, but I've heard Reykjavik is a pretty cool place (and I'll be meeting up with the inimitable Matt, who's in Moscow these days). Now, there are no direct flights from Toronto to Reykjavik these days; you have to go through Boston, which isn't too crazy (it's not like you have to connect through, say, Miami or anything).

Going out is no big deal — sure, there's a red-eye on the way there, but you get that day back — but coming back, the flight comes into Boston at about 6pm and, oddly, there aren't any more flights back to Toronto that day. I can think of worse places to spend a night than Boston (Flint, Michigan being one of them; I may be doing that in March).

And now, the prices.

Toronto-Boston-Reykjavik out,
Reykjavik-Boston-Toronto back: $1388

Toronto-Boston-Reykjavik out,
Reykjavik-Boston back: $1726

One less flight, $338 more. What the hell is going on here? Could someone please explain this to me? Is Salvador Dali in charge of this or something?


Anonymous said...

You can always set yourself up to have a 24 hours layover in Boston - I do that through Toronto sometimes and it can save you tons of $

PeterC said...

Couple of things:
You are travelling against the jet stream one way and with it the other. So fuel costs change.

Local airport authorities also charge for services provided so where did you clear customs both ways?

The local airport authorities also charge differently, and unfairly, for continental and international flights.

Depending on how you return your flight might also go into different ATC sectors and get charged different costs as well. Although those price differences I'd expect to be tiny.

The real reason is usually the number of people who want to fly though, they charge what the market will bear.