Whether you’re planning your first international trip or are a seasoned globetrotter, chances are you were either unaware or unable to capture the most memorable premium class buying events. Like equities, the goal is also to BUY LOW but FLY HIGH. Examples of buying opportunities you could have taken advantage since 2011 include the following!
May, 2011, Business class fares between the U.S. and Europe travel were hovering in the mid 4K range from the east coast and mid 5K range from the west coast. Members were advised to HOLD on their purchases as significant fare reductions were likely. On May 20th, 2011 most U.S. and European carriers unilaterally lowered their business class fares down to $2,438 + taxes. Travelers who did not follow our guidance bought at significantly higher fare levels. Because most tickets are non-refundable, travelers that bought too early were not able to take advantage of the price reductions.
December, 2011, Passport Premiere detected weakening business class demand for January, 2012 travel. Passport Premiere alerted its members that fare reductions were likely and to hold on purchases. On December 15th 2011 most U.S. and European carriers lowered business class fares from the mid 4K range to as low as $1,133 round trip plus taxes for 2012 travel. This move was designed to retest the pricing support levels and allow the remaining seats to be sold at much higher levels.
February /March, 2012 Passport Premiere members contemplating business class travel to Europe were advised of the strong likelihood of significant fare reductions in the coming days. Our guidance was also reported by Reuters on February, 24th, 2012 On March 1st, 2012 and then again on March 29th, 2012 virtually all U.S. and European carriers launched a one day business class fare sale slashing fares by nearly 60%. One member who used Fare Monitor benefited from $2,500 in savings for a trip between Philadelphia and Zurich. Final pricing was $2,488 for round trip business class, compared with $4994 just days earlier.
April 2012 — American launched a business class fare sale to Asia targeting Delta gateways, and then Delta fired back at American. During this downward fare movement, business class fares from the U.S. to Asia plummeted to $1,490 round trip plus taxes. Members with pending trips to Asia moved in and captured this incredible fare move.
May 2012 – Passport Premiere guided its members to hold on pending business class purchases for June travel as a business class fare sale to Europe was imminent. Five days later, business class fares plummeted to a 12 month low of $771 from most U.S. cities.
July/August 20122 – Passport Premiere advised its members to HOLD on purchasing business class travel to Europe for September/October travel in anticipation of lower fares. Those members that followed our guidance had their buying event on August 27th, 2012 when both Delta and United slashed business class fares between the U.S. and Europe for fall travel by up to 50%. For example, fares between Lexington and London Heathrow were available for $1809 plus taxes. One day later, fares returned to $4,609 + taxes.
September 2012 – Qatar Airways launched a historic business class sale, slashing fares by up to 50% between the U.S., Africa, Asia and the Middle East .For example, business class fares between New York and India were cut from $4,370 plus taxes to just $2,610 plus taxes. Business class fares between Washington and South Africa fell to just $2,840 plus taxes. This buying event lasted two days and fares returned to their previous levels after the sale.
November 12th, 2012 – Facing diminishing demand at elevated fare levels for year- end travel, several U.S. and European carries slashed their lowest business class fare levels by over 50%. Carrier participants included American Airlines, British Airways and Delta Airlines. For example, on November 11th, 2012 the lowest business class fares between New York and London started at $3,107. One day later, business class pricing plummeted to just $1,399 from New York and $2,244 from Los Angeles to London.
December 13th, 2012 – Business Class fares between the U.S. and China with direct service fell to just $2,000 from the west coast + taxes for 2013 travel. Pricing was later revised to offer First Class fares at deeply discounted business class sale levels.
December 23rd, 2012 – Emirates launches short term business class sale for purchases completed by January 10th, 2013. Sale slashes business class fares to Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia by 50% on select routes targeting spoiling near dated inventory. Additional short term buying events with Emirates are projected in 2013.
January 3rd, 2013 – Several U.S. carriers including American and United slash future dated itineraries in business class by 70% for travel anytime in 2013. Extreme examples included Los Angles-London nonstop from just $1,223 round trip + taxes. The offer was later modified to only apply to departures after May 15th, 2013. History has repeated itself and these fare levels are anticipated again in 2013!
January 11th, 2013– Members are advised of a short term downward fare move in business class fares between the U.S and Europe. Round trip business class fares fall to under $1,000 with several carriers. First class fares between the U.S. and Asia fall below business class fare levels, with round trip First Class fares starting at $3,500.
January 18th, 2013– Passport Premiere detects fare weakness with Malaysia Airlines. Fare premiums fall 40% overnight. Round trip business class fares with Malaysia Airlines to India fall to $2,500 + taxes and under $3,500 to Bangkok
January 28th, 2013– Passport Premiere advises members and Fare Monitor captures a fare anomaly for premium cabin travel to Asia and Africa. Business class fares fall below $3,000 with Star Alliance carriers to most destinations in Asia, Africa, and India.
February 14th, 2013– Emirates deflates the premium class fare balloon for the third time in three months. The price per ticket decreases as the number of travelers increases. Business class fares from the U.S. to most destinations served by Emirates (Africa, Asia, Australia Middle East), bottom at $3,000 + taxes
February 25th, 2013– Passport Premiere advises members of six U.S. cities offering business class fares to Europe for less than $1,300 round trip + taxes. The lowest fare found is between Raleigh-Durham and London with Delta at $801 round trip + taxes. Business class fare corrections of up to 60% recorded between the U.S. and China with Star Alliance carrier.
March 14th, 2013– Passport Premiere advises members and Fare Monitor captures a short term fare correction for business class travel to Australia. Business class fare premiums fall 40% overnight to $4,700 for round trip business class travel to Australia.
April 11th, 2013– Passport Premiere reports and Fare Monitor captures a major fare correction between the U.S. and South America with American Airlines, LATAM and TAM. Business and first class fares hit multi year lows, plunging to just $1,199 + taxes for business class travel to Buenos Aires.
April 18th, 2013– Passport Premiere reports and Fare Monitor captures a major buying event between North America and Europe valid for travel through August, 2013. Fare levels fall to just $1,473 + taxes and required just a 7 day advance purchase. This event slashed business fare premiums by 70% overnight!
May 2nd, 2013– Passport Premiere reports and Fare Monitor captures a major buying event between North America and Africa, Asia and Europe. Business class fares to China, Singapore and South Africa fall to just $2,644 + taxes with Skyteam and Star Alliance carriers
May 9th, 2013– Passport Premiere detects downward fare pattern with One World and Star Alliance carriers between the U.S. and Asia. Business class fare premiums fall 20% in one week signaling the beginning of a larger buying event.
June 29th, 2013, British Airways launches no advance purchase business/first class sale from the U.K. to the U.S. Fare premiums are slashed 60% overnight. Travelers that purchased prior to this fare correction and did not follow Passport Premieres guidance overpaid substantially.
August 4th, 2013, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines offer combined business class fare to Singapore from $2,600 + taxes, representing multi-year lows for this carrier group.
September 5th, 2013,Passport Premiere detects business class fare cuts with One World member Malaysia Airlines between the U.S. Asia. Business class to Tokyo and Thailand falls to $2,000 setting a new 12 month low!
September 20th, 2013,Air New Zealand commences panic selling between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand slashing fare premiums up to 50%. Competing carriers follow Air New Zealand conceding weakness in demand during the peak business travel season.
October 1st, , 2013, Passport Premiere reports and Fare Monitor captures business class fare slashing between the U.S. and Australia. Fare premiums for October/November travel fall 50% overnight.
December, 2013– United initiates short term business class buying event to China and American matches. Round trip business class fares fall to just $2,800 round trip + taxes.
March, 2014 -Short term business class buying event between North America and Africa/Australia launched causing fare premiums to collapse nearly 70% overnight!
July, 2014 -British Airways launches a short term business class buying event from several North American cities to Asia, India, and South Africa. Round trip business class fares fell to just $2,455 + taxes during this event
September, 2014– Business Class fares from over 130 U.S. cities to London are lowered to $988 + taxes. Members were already in the know and captured this event before it happened!
October, 2014 -One World (American, British Airways, USAirways) strikes back at Skyteam (Delta/Air France) by slashing business class fares to just $1,050 + taxes from over 160 U.S. cities to Amsterdam, France and Italy.
November, 2014 -Skyteam fires back at One World by launching a record setting business class buying event to London. This buying event is memorable and record setting as round trip business class fares to London fell to just $350 round trip marking an all time low!
December, 2014-British Airways concedes the true value of business & first class travel for 2015 slashing fares by 80% on select routes. London-New York First Class is cut to just $2,114 each way with a round trip purchase. Subscriber who had previously purchased business class travel at similar fare levels were able to convert their bookings into First Class travel for less!
January, 2015– Emirates cuts business class fares from several U.S. gateways including Chicago and Dallas to just $2,728 round trip to Dubai, $2,658 to Singapore & $2,920 to Nairobi + taxes
January, 2015 Australia- All major carrier operating direct service between the U.S. and Australia (Delta, Qantas, V Australia, United) reset business class fares and retest the 12 month low of $4,000 round trip + taxes. This buying event is applicable for departures through November 30th, 2015 and is withdrawn on January 12th, 2015
February, 2015-India- Business class buying event to India launched with Star Alliance. BUY IT NOW pricing bottoms at $1,718 round trip + taxes
February, 2015 South America– One World carriers launch business class buying event to South America, driving business class fares down to $1,119 + taxes on several routes including Los Angeles- Buenos Aires
February, 2015 Global Buying Events Launched! -New lows are tested on several routed including Johannesburg from $1,645 business class round trip, Shanghai from $1,754 business class round trip and Nairobi from $1,784 round trip + taxes.
February, 2015 South America Buying Events Launched! One World carriers slashed fares to Argentina, Brazil and Chile for Spring, 2015 travel. American Airlines slashed business class fares between Los Angeles & Buenos Aires to just $1,119 + taxes!
March, 2015-ALL TIME LOW TO CHINA– On March 17th, 2015 American Airlines released a $450 round trip business class fare + taxes between Washington and Beijing. Members using FARE MONITOR captured this buying event for less than most economy fares.
April 15TH, 2015- $474 RECORD LOW TO PARIS – On April 15th, 2015 business class fares between New York & Paris plummeted to just $474 round trip + taxes! Competing carriers including Air France, Delta and United quickly matched & added other cities. Between April 15th, 2015 – June 30th, 2015 business class ranged between $474 & $999. Excessive discounting created SOLD OUT flights to Paris from the east coast, a condition that lasted into the fall, 2015.
May, 2015- $680 RECORD LOW TO LONDON Delta & Skyteam respond to One World by slashing business class fares to London. Round trip fares from several cities including San Diego & Seattle fell to just $680 + taxes. One World matched from several cities including New York -London with American & British Airways!
June, 2015- $1,550 BUSINESS FARES TO ASIA WITH AMERICAN & DELTA Business fare premiums to Asia fall to just $1,550 + taxes from several U.S. cities to key Asian cities including Beijing, Shanghai & Seoul. Buying event initiated by Skyteam (i.e. Delta) and matched by One World (i.e. American)
August, 2015- $864 BUSINESS CLASS TO MILAN! New all time business class low set of $864 round trip between New York & Milan with American, Delta & Emirates
August, 2015- $1,550 BUSINESS CLASS FARE CUTS TO ASIA FROM JUNE REPEAT IN AUGUST! Business fare premiums to Asia fall to just $1,550 + taxes from several U.S. cities to key Asian cities including Beijing, Shanghai & Seoul.Buying event initiated by Skyteam (i.e. Delta) and matched by One World (i.e. American)
September, 2015- ALL TIME BUSINESS CLASS LOW SET WITH QANTAS TO AUSTRALIA! Qantas slashes business class fares between the U.S. & Australia to just $4,073, setting a new RECORD LOW!
September, 2015- BUSINESS CLASS “FLASH CRASH” DETECTED BETWEEN THE U.S. & EUROPE. On September 8th, 2015 business class fares between the U.S. & Europe with American Airlines & British Airways plummeted to $717-$908 round trip in a matter of minutes. The “FLASH CRASH” lasted for 10 hours before normalized fares were restored. Fares to London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Athens and Zurich were slashed during this buying event.
September, 2015- ALL TIME RECORD LOWS TO AFRICA & ASIA SET AT $1,225 ROUND TRIP BUSINESS CLASS + TAXES! Skyteam carriers slash business class fares to just $1,225 round trip between select North American gateways, South Africa & Asia. Participating carriers included Air France, Delta Airlines and KLM. Select Star Alliance carriers matched the offer including Lufthansa & Swiss.
October 2015- SECOND BUSINESS CLASS “FLASH CRASH” DETECTED BETWEEN THE U.S. & EUROPE. On October 15th, 2015 business class fares between the U.S. & Europe with American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, United & others fell to just to $362-$979 round trip in a matter of minutes. This second “FLASH CRASH” lasted for 30 + hours before normalized fares were restored. Fares to London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Athens and Zurich were slashed during this buying event.
November 2015- ONE WORLD & SKYTEAM LAUNCH MASSIVE SALES TO ASIA. On November 12th, 2015 business fares between the U.S. & Asia with American Airlines & Delta Airlines fell to just $1,600 + taxes from several U.S. cities including Charlotte, Chicago & Miami.
January, 2016- SOUTH AMERICA BUSINESS FARES PLUMMET TO $1,398. In January 2016 business class fares to Brazil came crashing down. The lowest BUSINESS fares were found between Orlando & Sao Paulo starting at just $1,398 r.t. + taxes
January, 2016- MASSIVE WORLDWIDE BUYING EVENT LAUNCHED BY ONE WORLD MEMBER QATAR AIRWAYS. Lowest business fares were found in Montreal, starting at $1,300 r.t to India or $1,731 to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore!
February, 2016- STAR ALLIANCE SLASHES BUSINESS FARES TO MIDDLE EAST/ISRAEL TO $1,459! Lufthansa, Swiss and United all slash business fares to Dubai and Tel Aviv. Lowest fares found with Swiss to Tel Aviv for $1,459 + taxes and $1,711 to Dubai!
February, 2016- BUSINESS FARE COLLAPSE TO SOUTH AFRICA Delta round trip nonstop business class fares to Johannesburg via Atlanta fell to just $2,757 r.t. + taxes from select cities. In 2015, business fares started at $6,880 on this same route making this an extraordinary fare drop. With connections, business fares to South Africa fell to just $2,115 Oh , how the mighty have fallen!
March, 2016- AMERICAN, DELTA & EMIRATES SLASH BUSINESS FARES TO MILAN TO JUST $956 All three carriers operating nonstop from New York Kennedy re-released previously suspended buying event. BUY IT NOW pricing for business class travel fell to just $956 r.t. + taxes
April, 2016- ONE WORLD & SKYTEAM RE INITIATE MASSIVE BUSINESS SALES TO ASIA. In April, 2016 both One World & Skyteam re-trigger previously suspended buying event with business fares starting at $2,500 r.t. + taxes to key Asian cities including Beijing & Shanghai
April, 2016- MAJOR BUSINESS CLASS BUYING EVENT LAUNCHED TO EUROPE. In April, 2016 both One World & Skyteam re-trigger previously suspended buying events with massive fare cuts. Most extreme examples including either Montreal or Toronto to Paris from just $968 business class r.t. + taxes
May, 2016- AMERICAN SETS RECORD LOW BETWEEN PARIS & THE U.S FOR BUSINESS CLASS TRAVEL On May 3rd, 2016 American Airlines set a new record low when business class fares between Paris and almost every U.S. city fell to $802 r.t. + taxes. This included Paris-Los Angeles, which sold for just $802 r.t. setting a new all time record low. Congratulations to all who captured it and keep up the great work!
June, 2016- SKYTEAM LAUNCHES MAJOR ATTACK ON STAR ALLIANCE HUB CITIES In June, 2016 Delta shifted its attention to United by slashing business fares up to 90% from Star Alliance hub cities. The most extreme discounts were found between Houston and Frankfurt or Zurich for just $550 r.t. + taxes. United responded with $1,100 business class fares between San Francisco and Paris, a Skyteam hub
June, 2016- BREXIT CREATES BUSINESS CLASS BLOWOUTS After markets are shocked by BREXITS, carriers fear empty business class cabins & response with massive discounts. All major alliances (One World, Skyteam & Star Alliance) reinitiate previously suspended fare sales. Business class travel to Europe starting at $1,001 is made available from almost every U.S. city to nearly every major European city through mid July, 2016
July, 2016- BRITISH AIRWAYS FIRST CLASS $1,705 R.T TO SEATTLE SETS NEW RECORD LOW On July 12th British Airways released a $1,705 r.t. first class fare between London & Seattle. Yes, this is first class and not business.
August, 2016- NEW ALL TIME RECORD LOWS TO ASIA & PACIFIC– New record lows detected between the U.S. & New Zealand with several carriers in business class. All time low for FIRST CLASS TRAVEL WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES between the U.S. & Hong Kong also detected. Pricing for round trip first class travel started at $3,885!
September, 2016 – BUSINESS CLASS LOWS RETESTED WITH ONE WORLD BETWEEN THE U.S. & EUROPE. DALLAS-FRANKFURT falls to $1,350 r.t. + taxes
November, 2016 – $656 ELECTION NIGHT BUSINESS CLASS BLOWOUT to LONDON. Carriers feared economic chaos once the election results were known and slashed business fares to just $656 to London from several U.S. cities.
November, 2016- One World carriers respond to anemic premium cabin travel demand POST ELECTION by slashing business fares up to 80% between the U.S & Europe. American & British Airways business fares to London fall to just $938. + taxes from most U.S. cities.
January, 2017– One World carriers respond to continued weak premium cabin demand POST ELECTION by slashing business fares to Asia up to 80%. A new ALL TIME low was set between New York & Singapore from just $1,114 r.t. + taxes BUSINESS CLASS!!!
January, 2017- – One World carriers respond slash trans pacific fares between Asia & the U.S. to just $1,150 r.t. + taxes, marking a NEW ALL TIME LOW. It just keeps getting better & better.
When is the next buying event? Members are already standing by and patiently following our guidance with technical indicators suggesting when that event may be.