How to score a cheap flight by tricking the science of seat prices

It’s a mystery to most of us why airfare prices fluctuate so wildly. In this video, CNN’s Richard Quest (yes, I know, some people do find him irritating) explains why that is, and describes a newish way that you can score an upgrade.

Sadly, the video does not explain why return flights are cheaper than two one-way tickets — I believe it’s because airlines want to lock you in getting there and coming back — and why you can sometimes fly a lot farther on the same airline for less (for example, a return ticket on Emirates airline from Sydney to London can be cheaper than one from Sydney to Dubai, where the London flight stops over).

Here’s a more dryly presented video from Wendover Productions that goes further into the subject of seat pricing:

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