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17 Nov 2010, 20:43
conclusion: Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago [conclusion].
All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT (4 will weaken the argument & answer -->1 will not weaken the argument):
A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
This means that people do not have moneyto go on vacation --> weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They don’t have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, people do not have money--> weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
people travel by ships because they don’t have money --> weakens

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers
E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic--> Does not weaken

IMO: E
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17 Nov 2010, 21:50
the final ans is E.
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23 Nov 2010, 09:41
today I am getting all of them wrong.....
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23 Nov 2010, 16:36
Clear E.

Premises:

Cost of the international flight increased
airlines' business is booming

Conclusion: People have more money to spend on vacation

E says that passengers on the continental flights increased (which can be the reason that airlines profits increased) and therefore its not true that people go abroad for their vacation and spend more money there.

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23 Nov 2010, 16:38
today I am getting all of them wrong.....

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22 Nov 2011, 06:13
Only E strengthens

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22 Nov 2011, 06:20
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23 Nov 2011, 21:57
+1 for E.

E can at best have no affect on the argument.

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12 Dec 2011, 22:57
E is irrelevant to weaken. The argument talk about transatlantic airline. E talk about domestic airlines. Thus, this is the correct answer.
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20 Dec 2011, 20:04
spriya wrote:
icandy wrote:
spriya wrote:
The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly
doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are
doing a booming business. Clearly, people today
have more money to spend on vacations than
they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the
argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets
today use them for business trips, so
airfare is refunded by their companies.

People are not paying for the fare, some one else is , Probably they do not have the money; weakens

(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today
than five years ago.

If there are fewer airlines that explains why the prices are so high. They dont have a choice not because they have money weakens
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and
staying in cheaper hotels than they used
to.
If they are taking shorter vacations * cheap hotels, money is tight. weakens

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires
more time than most people can afford.

If ships takes time that is not affordable, people have no alternative and not because money is abundant . weakens -> Rightly said apart from money constraint time plays an important role !!!its not just money

(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a
steady increase in passengers

E is about domestic. Totally unrelated to transatlantic. Does not weaken

I dont understand the OA kindly help

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I read the entire tread. This is just another confusing question. My take from all the comments is:

A) Just because the company pays for trip does not mean people have more or less money. Out of scope
E) Same thing, an increase in domestic flights doesn't say anything about peoples financial situation. Out of scope
Which one you would choose on a real GMAT, toss a coin. Lets hope that questions of this bad quality don't show up.
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26 Dec 2011, 07:53
A weakens the argument
B again weakens by saying its lack of competition which is resulting in increase airfare
C hmm but defi not countering the argument
D unrelated
E its countering the argument by stating its just not transatlantic but everywhere phenomenon and due to increase in vacation crowd
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21 Nov 2012, 06:35
Not a very good question, honestly. What's the source?

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The cost of transatlantic airfare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.
All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so airfare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers.
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