Mainland China flights

An interesting post on the Thorn Tree (#7) about Chinese flights:

  • No discounts before 2 weeks in advance of flights.
  • Routes with more carriers tend to have many more discounts available, and deeper discounts.
  • Cheapest price is likely within the week before a flight departs.
  • 70% of customers in China buy their plane tickets within 3 days of the flight
  • Fares are declining about 5% year on year (apparently neglecting the fact there is now a fuel surcharge on all flights that was implemented last year). I have noticed Haikou-Shenzhen is a few RMB more than last year, so perhaps that is not so true anymore.
  • Cost is nearly always based on distance, and often set by the government.

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