I live in Germany and I want to visit some of my best friends in Peru and Chile, but the air fares are around 1,200€ - 1,300€. Comparing the flight duration of BER-LIM to the ones of visiting Vietnam or South Africa shows an overpriced mile/cost ratio. Could someone please explain me why this happens?
but the air fares are around 1,200€ - 1,300€.
In November you can get Berlin to Santiago roundtrip for about 900€ on, e.g. Air Canada. See below
Using the same search, the cheapest in November from Berlin to Saigon was 750€, which is actually a bit more expensive in terms of cost per mile (16c/mile vs 15c/mile round trip). Keep in mind that Vietnam is a lot closer to Berlin than Santiago. It's only about 75% of the distance.
overpriced mile/cost ratio
Apparently not true according to my research.
Could someone please explain me why this happens?
- As far as I can tell, it does not actually happen (at least in November) so maybe there is a problem with your search strategy.
- SCL is not served well from Europe. There are only 4 airports (LHR, CDG, MAD & BCN) and some don't do daily flights.
- Most of the traffic to South America routes through North America
- Fewer airlines and low demand means less competition which means higher prices
- Forget everything I just wrote: airlines prices are non-sensical and highly unpredictable. Logic rarely applies and it's all determined using "dynamic pricing" algorithms that are trying to asses the current state of "supply and demand" for each individual flight.