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While not under your $10k limit, I'd nominate the Edge of Space Jet Flight in Russia which advertises that for €17500 you get: Probably the mightiest experience in the world: The Edge of Space flight in the MiG-29 Fulcrum. Depending on weather and temperature conditions, you can reach up to 20-22km altitude, though at least 17km is guaranteed. Only ...


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There are fewer flights/itineraries. Chinese authorities have imposed a strict policy regarding international flights with quotas and circuit-breakers ("Five Ones Policy", article on this from Chinese Wikipedia). The number of seats is also limited to 75% of ordinary capacity. Under "Five Ones Policy", for most international routes, one ...


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Virgin Galactic received approval to carry passengers from the FAA recently, although they are probably some way away from selling tickets. For a long time the highest-altitude relatively mainstream option was the Concorde, which cruised at around 56,000 ft/17.1 km on transatlantic flights; the vast majority of conventional aircraft fly transatlantic between ...


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Airlines typically charge "whatever they can get away with", which depends on a lot of factors: season, holiday/special events, historical loads, competition, length of stay, time between booking departure, competition, number of connections etc. It has often very little to do with the actual cost of operating the flight. It's frequently the other ...


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This is not a specific 'policy'* the airlines have. All itineraries and routings are dynamically priced. Why the jump at exactly 6 months? The pricing engine has a rule that increases the return fare on qualifying itinararies. Why the rule? Only someone in revenue management knows that at each airline but I will speculate that since 6 months is the upper ...


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Many sites allow you set an alert, i.e. you get a notification if the price falls. Example: https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/always-get-best-airfare-available-skyscanner-price-alerts Anything more than this would not really be helpful. Airline prices these days are NOT apples to apples, i.e. there are many fees for bags, seats reservation, ...


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Not really an answer but too long for a comment: Even before Covid there was no such thing as "typical" prices. I've flown US east coast to China for as little as $400 and also for over $2000: Same plane, same seats. I've flown business class to LA since it was cheaper than economy (on the same flight). Even budget carriers like Ryan Air will vary ...


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The closest thing to a useful answer is here. ExpertFlyer is a subscription service that can show historical fares up to a year ago. This is not enough to go back before COVID-19 now, but it was at the time Franck Dernoncourt's question here was posted. The historical fares don't necessarily indicate prices at which flights could actually be purchased, ...


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This is all about fare rules. Usually the maximum stay is 1,3,6 or 12 months. The fare rules for a flight can be found at https://matrix.itasoftware.com/ for free. You can also use Expertflyer, but that isn't for free.


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