Sunday, January 21, 2018

American Airlines 772 from LHR to JFK - Business Class

American Airlines 105
London to New York LHR to JFK
Boeing 777-200 (Reconfig) - Business Class

A few weeka ago, I had to fly back for Business with my wife to our old home New York and since I had a few eVip (an upgrade voucher used on AA) left, I decided to upgrade us on our trip across the pond. Traveling Teddy Bear was a stowaway on our flight and enjoyed her ice cream sundae...

Our flight was operated a reconfigured Boeing 772 with Business Class, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin. Our trip was in Business Class in the forward facing seats.

Classic cheap AA, lovely cabin but went cheap on the place-mats!

Jack and Coke Zero - A PremiumCabinDeals favorite! 😋

Both myself and my wife pre-ordered our dishes...

I decided to try the Monkfish (called the Poor man's lobster) which I found to be surprisingly tasty. Never had that fish before and I've reordered it at a restaurant recently, so kudos AA for introducing me to the dish and FlyerTalk for the Poor man's lobster line

Monkfish Filet served with king crab fried rice, black bean sauce and edamame

My wife was not as hungry as me and went with the Pasta dish which in this case was:
Truffle and Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli with Alfredo sauce and wild mushrooms

Of course I ordered a sundae as desert with caramel dressing with nuts and whipped cream.

Traveing Teddy Bear shared my sundae 🐻🍨🍨

AA setups a snack bar in the galley for mid-flight snacking across the pond. A variety of small wraps and cups with cheese and fruit are available.

Here are some additional in-flight pics...

Prior to landing a light meal was offered with a tasty grilled sandwich as one of the options, I try to enjoy my flights so ordered the unhealthy option. 😜

A short while later we started our approach into JFK and made our way back to our apartment.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Warsaw to Bangkok for €494 in Business or €325 in Y+

LOT is offering a super hot deal via their Charter flight division...  Warsaw to Bangkok departing on Friday March 10, 2018...

Coach tickets can be had for €168 one-way, but the real hotness is that Premium Economy is just €325 one-way and Business Class just €494 one-way.

Coach (€168 one-way)

Premium Economy (€325 one-way)

Business Class (€494 one-way)

These tickets are bookable at: Charter Flights but sadly do not accrue miles to Star Alliance partners...

LOT Business Class

Photos (C) ShortHairFrancis

Poland to Vietnam for €494 in Business or €318 in Y+

LOT is offering a super hot deal via their Charter flight division...  Warsaw to Vietnam departing on Saturday March 11, 2018...

Coach tickets can be had for 120 € Oneway, but the real hotness is that Premium Economy is €318 Oneway and Business Class just 494.

Coach (€120 one-way)

Premium Economy (€318 one-way)

Business Class (€494 one-way)

These tickets are bookable at: Charter Flights but sadly do not accrue miles to Star Alliance partners...

LOT Business Class

Photos (C) ShortHairFrancis

These fares are just valid for one day in March but a pretty much a steal at this price...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fare Arbitrage: AMS-NYC for 1800 versus 4550-5500 USD

One of the interesting things that occurs in the world of airfares is revenue management and the impact of routing rules and airlines in the overall travel experience.

If we take for instance AMS-NYC (Amsterdam to New York), a route that can be driven by several factors...

  1. The dominant carrier is KLM, which being based in Amsterdam has the benefit of being front-of-mind for many local passengers, who naturally might gravitate towards airlines that are viewed as "home-based" or "local".
  2. Other airlines need to compete to try to obtain the patronage of these local passengers and might offer lower prices even for non-stop flights to try to gain these Amsterdam based passengers...
  3. Across the Atlantic, most airlines that are part of the same alliance such as Star Alliance (which includes airlines such as United, Lufthansa, Austrian, LOT) or OneWorld (which includes American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia) or SkyTeam (Delta, KLM and a variety of other airlines) participate in what are called JBA ( joint business agreement ) which make the flights metal neutral for the airliners. The airfares on the route and pooled together, expenses are deducted and the profit is shared among the airline proportionally to the passengers transported. So in English, if you fly Lufthansa or United the fares are usually the same, the airlines do not distinguish to certain extent the unique passengers...

  4. As you can see both LH (Lufthansa) and UA (United) have published the same fare "PNNZWWW" for travel between these two cities.
How does this reflect on normal travel? If we take a sample flight in February, purchased more than 30 days before the flight...
Ex. Amsterdam to New York on February 9 returning on the 14th.

But if we are to insert a flight on Lufthansa via FRA (Frankfurt) and still have a non-stop return flight from NYC to Amsterdam (AMS) the price drops to just 1820 USD.

Interestingly if one were to fly the non-stop flight on United on that day has no P class availability so only prices out at the full J price or an "absurd"... 6605 USD which is reduced to 1820 USD on other days...

The main point here is that airlines that are not based in the home city can and usually will under-price local rivals...

Related Links:

Here is a trip report on KLM from Amsterdam to New York

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