Ethiopian fares crazy high?

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  1. clscholes

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    I am booking for a small group traveling to the Tigray province in Ethiopia. We went this summer, and the fare was around 160 a person, booked by someone in Ethiopia. I am seeing the same flights at over 500 US a piece...what gives? Suggestions?
     
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    From?
     
  3. clscholes

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    From ADD to SHC (Shire) or from ADD to Axum, or ADD to Gondar...all are puddle jump flights, but without taking the flight, can be 2-3 day overland trips, or an hour flight...and the prices I am seeing are starting at 475 and going up through 600.
     
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    How big is your group? Perhaps your group is larger than the available number of cheap fares?
     
  5. GenevaFlyer
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    Doesn't Ethiopian airlines also have local fares vs fares sold abroad? You may want to check with your contact in Ethiopia. (I don't think foreigners are supposed to get access to the local fares, but with a bit of flexibility, anything is possible I'm sure)

    Cheers,

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    I checked...our group is 4, so low fares are not the problem. The problem is that Ethiopian has gone to a three tiered system now. Local, International on Ethopian, and foreign. the same flight is 160, 325, and 600. Not cool.
     
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    Ethiopian's international fares are more expensive, but you almost have to use them because of the surcharge for NOT using them.
     
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    That's an interesting approach to subsidization, for sure.
     
  9. clscholes

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    What I did find is I can get the fare for 350 through Expedia, and I may have to be happy with that. Still really, really expensive for the equivalent of MCI-ORD, but sometimes you have to play it like that. For me, it is a great time to burn my United miles. For the other folks, it sucks.
     
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    Or segmentation. Can't fill planes with price insensitive intl travelers, and local market more price sensitive.
     
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    Alright, so I burned United miles for my ticket, and booked the Expedia rate for the rest after hearing back from several Ethiopian sources that they were unable to book a workaround fare. I guess my United miles got put to good use, even though I wasn't crazy about using them...United suggested that I could pay 903 dollars for the same booking in cash, so I guess that makes my 25,000 miles through their site worth 3.6 cpm (even though they are only worth 1.4 cpm for the Expedia fare).
     

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