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Checking flights from Brussels and Amsterdam to the Canary Islands next spring with Iberia. €300 in the difference!!!

From Brussels = €488
From Schipol = €188

Both flights stop in Madrid.

brusselsrower

Airline pricing is very much based on ‘what the market will bear’. Typically, on any flight, a quota of seats at the very lowest fare will be offered, then a higher fare, then a still higher one and so on. These quotas are generated by extremely complex computer programs, the process is called ‘yield management’.

Since the journeys you mention consist of either an Amsterdam-Madrid or a Brussels-Madrid, joining onto a Madrid-Canaries leg, the price will be determined by the market situation of the Brussels/Amsterdam-Madrid sectors. It is very possible that on the days in question all the cheap seats on Brussels-Madrid have already gone, while there are still some left on Amsterdam-Madrid. It could well be that Brussels-Madrid is more of a business route, to the quota of cheap seats is smaller in the first place.

Oct 15, 2012 15:33