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    • katejo
    • By katejo 22nd Sep 16, 12:55 PM
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    BA BA Berlin flights - Cannot combine with outbound
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    BA BA Berlin flights - Cannot combine with outbound 22nd Sep 16 at 12:55 PM
    Just wondering whether anyone else has come across this/knows a reason? Earlier in the summer I wanted to book a return flight to Berlin but found that BA allowed an outward flight but that the corresponding return flights a few days later couldn't be booked together with the outward flight. To do this the seats were much more expensive. At first I thought that they had sold out but I experimented with dates much further into the future (at least 3 months or so) and got the same result.
    Here is an example from a search done today http://www.britishairways.com/travel/fx/public/en_gb?eId=111011&timestamp=0922114844

    I flew to Berlin with BA only just a year ago so this is a fairly recent development.
    Last edited by katejo; 22-09-2016 at 12:57 PM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 22nd Sep 16, 1:08 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:08 PM
    I think it is the way BA's ticketing and pricing system works and has something to do with how the fare rules match on the outbound and inbound sectors of the return trip. I've had this before and just booked separate one way flights. Btw there are Stansted flights on fridays and sundays, on a friday it is TXL-STN and Sunday STN-TXL as well as LCY and LHR flights.
    Last edited by richardw; 22-09-2016 at 1:18 PM.
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    • katejo
    • By katejo 22nd Sep 16, 1:32 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:32 PM
    I think it is the way BA's ticketing and pricing system works and has something to do with how the fare rules match on the outbound and inbound sectors of the return trip. I've had this before and just booked separate one way flights. Btw there are Stansted flights on fridays and sundays, on a friday it is TXL-STN and Sunday STN-TXL as well as LCY and LHR flights.
    Originally posted by richardw
    OK thanks. I will have a look though I have almost given up for this time and decided to keep the money for a later trip. I was originally due to go in September but had to cancel for health reasons.
    • Heliflyguy
    • By Heliflyguy 22nd Sep 16, 2:27 PM
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    On BA on that route there are quite a few minimum stay requirements, mostly 3 days and a Sunday night stay.

    Quite a few of the fares require the booking to be on certain flights on specific days.

    The lowest fares have 50 and 60 day advanced purchase.

    It appears to be a rather complicated route to book.
    Last edited by Heliflyguy; 22-09-2016 at 2:32 PM.
    • katejo
    • By katejo 22nd Sep 16, 6:58 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 6:58 PM
    On BA on that route there are quite a few minimum stay requirements, mostly 3 days and a Sunday night stay.

    Quite a few of the fares require the booking to be on certain flights on specific days.

    The lowest fares have 50 and 60 day advanced purchase.

    It appears to be a rather complicated route to book.
    Originally posted by Heliflyguy
    Mine didn't include a Sunday. It was going to be Tuesday or Wed to Saturday or Sunday though it would have been 4 nights. I am pretty sure I did test it 50 days ahead at one point.
    • SW17
    • By SW17 22nd Sep 16, 7:21 PM
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    Mine didn't include a Sunday. It was going to be Tuesday or Wed to Saturday or Sunday though it would have been 4 nights. I am pretty sure I did test it 50 days ahead at one point.
    Originally posted by katejo
    Can you give an example of dates you searched which had this problem, and for how many passengers? Was it LHR-TXL-LHR?
    • katejo
    • By katejo 22nd Sep 16, 7:49 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 7:49 PM
    Can you give an example of dates you searched which had this problem, and for how many passengers? Was it LHR-TXL-LHR?
    Originally posted by SW17
    Yes it was that route. i don't remember all the dates which I tested because some were just random periods of 3-4 days to test whether it always applied this restriction and I did those tests several weeks ago. The only exact dates tried more recently are the one in my example 12th to 15th October.
    • SW17
    • By SW17 22nd Sep 16, 9:58 PM
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    Looks like weekend dates over the next 4-5 weeks are at higher prices, all the cheaper fare buckets are closed to sales. From mid-Nov onwards it's a lot cheaper, I guess the advance purchase mentioned above by Heliflyguy comes into play.

    I've flown to Berlin many times on BA, though all my flights have been on weekdays and I've never really noticed this (not to say it wasn't happening, but I don't recall some of the prices that I've seen today). As mentioned above, obviously some complex fare rules being used, for whatever reason. Maybe try easyJet
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 23rd Sep 16, 7:39 AM
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    Oktoberfest?
    Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 23rd Sep 16, 9:20 AM
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    Oktoberfest?
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Doubtful, Berlin's distance from Munich is not so convenient...
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 23rd Sep 16, 12:51 PM
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    Doubtful, Berlin's distance from Munich is not so convenient...
    Originally posted by eDicky
    They have Oktoberfest in Berlin too
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 23rd Sep 16, 1:26 PM
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    They have Oktoberfest in Berlin too
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Ah, new one on me, I think it used to be just a Bavarian thing...
    • katejo
    • By katejo 23rd Sep 16, 7:32 PM
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    Looks like weekend dates over the next 4-5 weeks are at higher prices, all the cheaper fare buckets are closed to sales. From mid-Nov onwards it's a lot cheaper, I guess the advance purchase mentioned above by Heliflyguy comes into play.

    I've flown to Berlin many times on BA, though all my flights have been on weekdays and I've never really noticed this (not to say it wasn't happening, but I don't recall some of the prices that I've seen today). As mentioned above, obviously some complex fare rules being used, for whatever reason. Maybe try easyJet
    Originally posted by SW17
    I started with Easyjet. I am actually abandoning this trip for now. Had a minor accident today and need a further hospital referral. Also prefer to do solo trips between about April and September for lighter evenings. Will put this money towards something for next year. Thanks for advice though
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