BA flights double in price overnight

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Copland

Member since 24 Feb 2017

Total posts 5

May have been a glitch that would have been in my favour (had i continued to book the flights). I was price checking a one way EDI to LHR flight with BA on the 29 Dec.  I checked the prices two days ago - approx 73 GBP for econo baggage and 150 gbp for business pp(for all 6 flights per day, and for most of the flights for that entire week).  Checked 12 hours later (intending to book) and all the prices had doubled.  198 GBP for econo baggage fare and 295 GBP for business...  Called BA who told me the booking system was live, and as flights were booked, prices would change - but cant imagine that every single flight on that day (and week) had an influx of bookings in the space of 12 hours... anyone know of a possible reason why? Given the season, i doubt the prices will go down again...

Theresnormissin

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 129

The ticket Class is O (Lowest) for economy and I (Lowest) for business which suggests a re-pricing or 'correction' on their part. That doesn't mean the prices won't go down but they are high at the moment. It's a little cheaper to get an early morning flight to LCY, though I got caught out badly with fog at that airport about a year ago.


If you are not planning to connect to a flight out of Heathrow, have you considered catching the train down? It's about 4.5hrs from memory which is roughly the same amount time as you'd take flying from Edinburgh, landing and clearing security at Heathrow and getting in to central London.

asw

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Aug 2012

Total posts 11

Correct, BA have implemented Dynamic Pricing on the back of the IATA NDC (New Distribution Capability). In short: the seller offers a buyer a dynamic personalised ticket price whether using a GDS, other aggregator or direct website (ba.com). Bypassing a GDS may provide a sharper price, as no fee is paid to them. True to name, it means the price will vary each and every time you search. So if you see a price thats compelling, book, else use a price hold function while considering your options.

Copland

Member since 24 Feb 2017

Total posts 5

Thanks for the info and advice... kicking myself I didn’t just book or use the 5 quid hold option...

kdewsnap

QF

Member since 11 Sep 2012

Total posts 10

I have a trip to Europe booked with BA and had been looking to change my departure, so searched a whole new itinerary to compare prices and a ton of options were missing, including no direct flights on route that previously showed 2 daily options. It's very strange.

MRYJDrake

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 31 Oct 2016

Total posts 204

Correct, BA have implemented Dynamic Pricing on the back of the IATA NDC (New Distribution Capability). In short: the seller offers a buyer a dynamic personalised ticket price whether using a GDS, other aggregator or direct website (ba.com). Bypassing a GDS may provide a sharper price, as no fee is paid to them. True to name, it means the price will vary each and every time you search. So if you see a price thats compelling, book, else use a price hold function while considering your options.


And for the love of cookies, make sure you use an incognito browser when booking, else your cookies will tell them you're looking and each time the price will go up.

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