How Much Have You Seen Flights Rise By?

Discussion in 'UK Trip Planning Forum' started by bod diddy, May 17, 2010.

  1. bod diddy

    bod diddy Earning My Ears

    Apr 29, 2009
    With David Cameron adding taxes here, there and everywhere, I scrambled to book my trip for next January. The flight had already risen by £10 since before the election result, I don't know if that's coincidence or if that it was the change to flight tax (it is now being charged per plane as opposed to per passenger). It got me thinking about the sharp rise that we've all seen in flights we've all seen recently. Is there any exact reason for the hike, poor pound, rising fuel, rising tax, consumer demand, volcanoes or all of the above?

    To illustrate my point, here are the costs of my last two flights to MCO per person:

    Sept 2009 : £330 with Virgin, Miles Plus Money
    Jan 2010 : £360 with KLM/MartinAir

    Upcoming trip:

    Jan 2011 : £435 with Virgin, Miles Plus Money

    Let me hear your woes.
  2. originalkk

    originalkk Mouseketeer

    Oct 12, 2008
    There is no change to flight taxes yet. The change to taxes on planes rather than passengers (through the APD) is still a proposal at present.

    However, there has been a big increase in APD since it was introduced, and the previous government intended a further big rise in November (300% increase in charges for economy seats since introduction in 2006).

    On top of this, rising airport fees, fuel prices, £ weakness against the dollar, plus the huge drop in premium traffic which subsidised economy seats on scheduled carriers, have all had their effect.
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  4. KemlynUltra

    KemlynUltra Earning My Ears

    Dec 20, 2009
    I was going to post the same thread as I feel the same!

    My flights with Virgin have increased by £15 per adult since yesterday with the miles with money option for December. It is now £435.

    Cant decide whether to take the plunge now or wait a bit longer.
  5. paulfoel

    paulfoel DIS Veteran

    Jul 12, 2001
    Hmm. Flight in September BRS to MCO with continental are over £560 now !!!!

    Usually get these for well under £500.... :-(
  6. gemmybear83

    gemmybear83 <font color=royalblue>I would blame it all on Bob<

    Dec 13, 2007
    Sept/oct 2009 £300 va economy booked in the virgin sale

    december 2010 £407 va miles and money (didn't find this too bad as were flying on weekends)

    Were planning on going to New York and then onto Orlando next year so it will be interesting to see what flight prices are like!
  7. T16GEM

    T16GEM <font color=blue>I must have a funnel cake when I'

    Mar 16, 2003
    The flights that I bought last year BHX - MCO with Continental were £325

    The same for 2011 are coming out at £480 :scared1: That is for January!!!!

    We have been looking at going April / May next year and the flights are just ridiculous at the moment! I don't know how people justify flying with Virgin when their flights seem to be so expensive! We will 100% be going indirect just because it's the only way to save a few pennies!

  8. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

    Jul 13, 2005
    Interesting since, for some reason, I decided to check the price of our flights for August again today. We paid £390 each for Economy with VA back in February. The same flights today were over £1100 each :scared1:
  9. scojos

    scojos <font color=peach>I want to be Tinkerbell and fly

    Jan 10, 2006
    looked at ours too, paid £500, now over £1200 - frightening isnt it!!

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