R Space Follies

Discussion in 'Air Canada | Aeroplan' started by guinnessxyz, Mar 10, 2013.  |  Print Topic

  1. As we all know AC pretty much zeroes out R space based on some historical calculation about how many actual J seats they will sell on a given flight. Which, in my opinion should be good business practice.

    I am flying back from HKG in the next few days on a "B" fare and was only able to ensure my upgrade at time of booking on the flight via YVR. However, upon doing a KVS chaeck over the last few days R seats appeared on AC16 the non stop flight to YYZ. So, instead of getting home at midnight I now arrive at 6PM and can have dinner with my spouse.

    The message is to keep checking the flights you book on as R space does REAPPEAR at times. Having a latitude ticket (which only cost me about $1K more than Flex at time of booking) makes a possible flight change pretty painless but it would help a flex flyer as well closer in if R reappears.
     
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  2. mtlfire

    mtlfire Gold Member

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    I'm off to YVR later this month. On the dates I'm looking Latitude on some flights is only 100$ or so more than Flex. I'm almost tempted to go that route and get the upgrade at booking and save ecredits as well.
     
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    I'm looking at flights to ORD in September and found one offering $606 in Flex and $655 in Z (o/w). Tempting!
     
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    mtlfire Gold Member

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    Is it Z getting cheap or Flex getting expensive :D
     
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  5. Good question. I'm seeing some flights where that is the case. I think the capacity control software airlines now use also gives them a revenue model per flight. Thus, a flight that normally doesn't sell well in J will have reduced Z fares and Flex will be higher to make the revenue model work.
     
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    The latter. On YYZ-NRT Flex is approximately 2x Tango ... without being flexible!
     
  7. That's true of Tango to Z but the difference from T+ to Z is "sometimes" minimal.
     
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    Agreed. But T+/Flex has moved from being a small premium on T to being a small discount on Z. Sadly our corporate travel policy disallows any J purchase unless it's the cheapest fare available.
     
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    Ultimately I booked Flex. Latitude had gone to waitlist for upgrade and I wasn't interested in taking a chance to spend the extra and still not have it clear.
     
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