What is going on with ticket prices on Qantas?

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docsimonm

Member since 29 Mar 2017

Total posts 34

I really have no idea who is running the show at Qantas.

A few weeks ago I paid about $350 for an economy seat last night between Brisbane and Melbourne. Around lunch yesterday I wanted to see how much it might be to change to an earlier flight - economy tickets selling for $770, including on my flight.

Checking the seat map, my flight looked pretty full. about 10 or so vacant seats down the back. I figured the flights were all pretty full and hence the $770.

But when I got on board, what a different story. The first 10 or so rows that I could see (I was in row 7) had NOBODY in a middle seat - and the rear looked pretty sparse too.

So WTH is going on? I paid a pretty hefty price for my ticket initially, but I can tell you now it's not from demand (or any of the other crappy excuses they come up with). It just doesn't seem to make sense (to me, anyway).... It's not like the qantas lounges are worth the premium anymore.

I should've just flown VA, better service, just as good a lounge, fly ahead, and much much better value for money with their (generally) lower prices.


XWu

Member since 09 May 2020

Total posts 163

Just guessing here but it may be a matter of getting enough people to pay the extra premium so that they would have to cancel the flights for being unprofitable due to low total pax fare.

Don’t forget you can buy an empty seat next to you but I don’t think that scheme really started yet

It is either a full flight of excursion fares or half-2/3 full of premium fares for economy seats (without being premium economy service)

I am now looking at VA or REx fares whenever the QF ticketing doesn’t look right. Not really trusting the REx schedule as yet until they demonstrate they will fly regardless of seat occupancy, which they have a reputation to undo from last year even before the NSW/VIC second wave lockdown

Hellboy666

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 May 2018

Total posts 14

It doesnt just look to be that. Throughout QF prices are higher than others. Whenever I looked at anything. Be it domestic or international.

Probably they are just bold & confident enough that people will pay it, relying on their corporate market and their brand name. I can just hope that more and more will turn away and do not support this practice, there is just no real reason for it other then be greedy.

VA is much more workable. Yes they are not as good as QF in some areas (lounges), but they try and improve their whole situation (new partners).
Just this week booked Bali Business for $850 and 900, while Qantas is upwards of $1500 (same 737's).
Or to Perth, don't recall the prices anymore but Qantas was exorbitant.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 715

Originally Posted by docsimonm

I really have no idea who is running the show at Qantas.

A few weeks ago I paid about $350 for an economy seat last night between Brisbane and Melbourne. Around lunch yesterday I wanted to see how much it might be to change to an earlier flight - economy tickets selling for $770, including on my flight.

Checking the seat map, my flight looked pretty full. about 10 or so vacant seats down the back. I figured the flights were all pretty full and hence the $770.

But when I got on board, what a different story. The first 10 or so rows that I could see (I was in row 7) had NOBODY in a middle seat - and the rear looked pretty sparse too.

So WTH is going on? I paid a pretty hefty price for my ticket initially, but I can tell you now it's not from demand (or any of the other crappy excuses they come up with). It just doesn't seem to make sense (to me, anyway).... It's not like the qantas lounges are worth the premium anymore.

I should've just flown VA, better service, just as good a lounge, fly ahead, and much much better value for money with their (generally) lower prices.


Remember platinum and above passengers get a spare seat and invariably they are towards the front. I say invariably as I am a row 11 regular on the Q400 but always a spare seat. On a recent transpacific I had two spare seats to make a bed.

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