10 insanely expensive flights

Think you paid a lot for your last plane ticket? You'll feel a little better after seeing these outrageously priced international airfares.

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Aug 31, 2014 1:15PM
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These are the most expensive flights between these points....A quick look at Kayak.com shows that most of these routings can be taken for 1/10 th of the cost. But I suppose if you want to write a story  that grabs attention, you'd write one like this one. Beware the press... they'll pick and choose facts to make their point, even if it's not the whole truth.
Aug 25, 2014 9:05AM
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And if you go economy, you can get each of the flight round trip for just over $1,000.00
Aug 31, 2014 6:10AM
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I wonder how many of these flights are taken by executives who have cut employees or had 5% or higher raises recently?
Aug 31, 2014 2:21PM
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If I can't get there by car then I can't afford to go....
Aug 31, 2014 12:01PM
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Who goes around looking for the worst kind of deal (which is, evidently, what these people did)? I've flown from Los Angeles (home) to Asia, Africa, and Europe many times and have never paid these kinds of price.
Aug 31, 2014 1:57PM
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One of the little known (in the USA) facts about the demand-driven fare structure, is that fares on international routes usually cost about half as much for passengers coming TO the USA as we pay going FROM the USA. So if you're a jet-setter with a home in Sorrento and another on Long Island, going back and forth, you'll buy all your tickets R/T from Rome - NY, not from NY-Rome. Since there are more American tourists than Italian, you'll pay about 45% of the best fare available here. Doesn't seem fair, but that's the work it works now. 
Aug 31, 2014 5:20PM
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I take the train to anywhere I go in U.S. and seldom go out of country. Spent 11 years travelling with military and that was enough. When they started charging to check a bag??????? Do you fly without them and buy at destination'.  
Aug 31, 2014 1:11PM
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Who came up with these destinations like Tabuk, Hobart, Mahe Island? Of course it would cost much more to fly to strange or unpopular places. It depends on departing airport as well. I used to fly almost anywhere from Los Angeles direct at reasonable price. I live in Pacific northwest now so I had to take at least one stop to go anywhere and cost more. However, I found out that many Asian and Middle East airlines rated consistently high on flyer's list for food and service but they usually charged more. So I had to fly to Van Couver to catch Cathay to Asia. U.S. domestic airlines usually rated at the bottom because their services sucked, not to mention aged flight attendents. I guess you get what you pay for. Also, it's unfortunately that one had to pay at least four times for business or first class to get decent food, or even food flying domestic. I remembered they used to served excellent foods in economy in the U.S. Well, that is what happen when the airline became flying Greyhound buses with most economy passengers who could barely afford a ticket and they dressed in flip flops and pajamas..
Sep 2, 2014 4:51PM
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This article is crazy nonsense. We flew to LAX in California and then to Auckland, New Zealand from Pennsylvania in the U.S. and it was "only" $1800/person (roundtrip), which I still find outrageous. I am not sure what could possibly make any of these flights cost $28,000 a person. What could a flight possibly do for you, even in first class, to make it worth that? I thought the author of this article put the decimal point in the wrong place. :-)
Aug 31, 2014 5:38PM
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 Quick, better book that flight to middle earth from KC.
Sep 2, 2014 7:38PM
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The most expensive flights have all been taken, and both were Malaysian. 

The price? 

Your life.
Sep 2, 2014 9:05PM
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They don't sound like just high prices,


they sound like "Mile High Club" prices.


Either way, you're getting screwed...

Sep 2, 2014 8:36PM
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Is this some kind of a joke?  I have personally flown to Tokyo a few times and it didn't cost me more than $2,000.  Perhaps if you are flying first class with a lay over at a luxury hotel...
Sep 2, 2014 8:34PM
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Of course these fares are extremely expensive - these are first-class fares. It's a no brainer to just focused on the first-class fares. Everybody knows that first-class or business class seats are expensive, few thousands dollars. Majority of the travelers buy economy seats. So, a more realistic article will be focusing on economy fares and see which international routes are more expensive.
Aug 31, 2014 9:45AM
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First class is usually pretty full. 
Sep 2, 2014 9:00PM
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Well .. fact is the people in the front of the plane only get off the flight a minute or 2 before the rest ... a lot to pay for a minute or 2.

I use to fly 10-20 hours flights 6-10 times a month .. sit back, take a couple vicodin ... relax and listen to music or watch some movies .. then with the money you save buy a new car when you get back home

Sep 2, 2014 5:52PM
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I will say Ethihad was the best airline I have taken to date with coach seats. 
Sep 9, 2014 5:07PM
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just lost five minutes of my life reading this.  As if...
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