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Airfares were already dropping. Here’s why they could go even lower in 2024

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By SALLY FRENCH of NerdWallet

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And what about airfares from Japan priced in yen? Airfares don’t usually fall when your currency continues to weaken.

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Why is JAL so expensive?

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Why is JAL so expensive?

Same for ANA.

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Why is JAL so expensive?

Better service.

Same for ANA.

Same answer.

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Airline flights booked in Japan are so much higher than flights booked from the US for the same routes. Why?

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Haha, a classic example of an article that wasn't written in Japan. No Japanese person in 2024 will be putting "airfares" and "low" in the same sentence.

Our eldest is on a study trip to North America now, and the ANA fee was nearly 350,000 yen. That's over double what I would consider "reasonable", never mind "cheap". The school will partially refund us, based on prior trips 40-50%, otherwise it would be a nonstarter.

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Funny article. Fares are triple the usual prices from Japan. It’s the insatiable greed of ANA and JAL and the incompetence of politicians to make prices reasonable. There is absolutely no justification why the prices are so high, none.

But then again people will just sigh, suck it up and say shoganai…

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The fares are dropping in price?

In Japan they are at an all time high.

That is why you hardly see any Japanese traveling overseas for leisure nowadays.

Flew to Dubai a few months ago and there was only a handful of Japanese passengers.

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I’ve seen that the fares charged by ANA and JAL are 3-5 times higher than other airlines.

Were the service that much ‘better’ ie more legroom, superior meals, wider seats then it might be justified but it is . It is greed!

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But then again people will just sigh, suck it up and say shoganai…

Actually they are just not traveling abroad with the exception of Korea which is affordable. My coworker told me she has a 3 night package including hotel and flight for under 50,000 yen.

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Fake news as far as japan is concerned.

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Were the service that much ‘better’ ie more legroom, superior meals, wider seats then it might be justified but it is . It is greed!

How is it greed? If it's too expensive, and there are cheaper alternatives, then people can go to cheaper airlines, and JAL/ANA will collapse.

But the fact that they don't, indicates their prices are at a level people will pay. I will, I prefer them.

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Flying Air Canada Sig service in a few days. Saved thousands.

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The article left out a big Big reason prices are down:

Many countries have created "passenger rights laws"

What these laws say is if long delays, and other situations passenger are due "compensation" unfortunately most of these new laws apply only to the airfare/ticket price!

So now instead of 2 check-in bags you pay for the second bag, to reserve a specific seat you pay and extra fee, now on domestic flights you pay for the first check-in bag, you want the front row you pay even more seat charge, etc...

So traveling with your partner your $300 ticket each is plus $70 each to reserve seats to guarantee you sit next to each other, your first bag each is $40, etc....

So your tickets are now $410 but if you get a long delay and are own extra compensation that will only be based on the $300.

In 2023 most airlines made around 20% of their revenue from extra charges most of those were previously included in the ticket price.

Some airlines make as much as 48% of their revenue from extra charges!

Things no longer included in the ticket price on domestic flights especially in north America, check in bags, drinks, meal, earphones, music, movies, reserved seats, even pillow or blanket in many cases are all charged for!

Now that the first check-in bag is a charged service and people are taking as much as possible in their carry on bag, airlines are now talking about charging for that also.

Another reason is many airlines separate the businesses tickets and flights are one service your checked bags are s separate company/subsidiary and one loses money the other gets profits at a lower tax rate.

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When I was in college in the early 90’s you could fly to Europe free if you couriered some documents. Me and my girlfriend used an open seat company where you could only specify the airport and the day and you might wait all day at the airport but it worked. I think it was 99 dollars. I think the high prices in Japan is also because of the difficulty getting landing slots.

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For my normal flight home to Europ the price has risen nearly threefold

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They might have reduced since covid, but they're nowhere near 2019 airfares.

Lots of comments about JAL and ANA being a lot more expensive. They were always more expensive even pre-covid, but at least there were cheap alternatives.

Now everything's expensive.

With the weak yen you'll spend so much more on holiday than before as well. It really does make vacationing here more appealing. But how depressing that we're getting priced out and stuck here.

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