Why are QANTAS flights to Las Vegas Expensive?

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Kitch

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jun 2015

Total posts 72

Why are QANTAS flights to Las Vegas Expensive?

Kitch

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jun 2015

Total posts 72

The qantas flight to Las Vegas about $1800 while flights to Los Angeles are about $1000 return? Is there a reason for this? Also American Airlines are about $200 cheaper then qantas on this route, even though using qantas aircraft.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

The key is finding the same booking inventory for the LAX/LAS service as the SYD/LAX or MEL/LAX service.

If lower booking inventory for the LAX/LAS service is gone, then QF will be forced to price the whole trip in the higher inventory, which means pricing the SYD/LAX or MEL/LAX service at the higher fare.

For example, as of today's prices:

MEL/LAX in N (cheapest Economy) is $1,410 (base fare), while

MEL/LAX/LAS in N (cheapest Economy) is $1,610 (base fare).

So the price difference is not huge.

I suggest you investigate flight options on AA for LAX/LAS that has N or S inventory available. These may be flights that require a longer stopover in LAX. A good way to tell would be flights operated by AA's 737 as opposed to the smaller MD-80. The more seats on a plane, the better chances of snapping cheaper fares.

 

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

What time of year are you travelling?

Vegas attracts year round events like UFC, Mad March, CES, the big p**n convention; NH summer is also manically busy though why anyone would want to go to a desert in summer is beyond me! 

Think about breaking your trip so you can access lower fares on partner or other carriers. For example, I usually have to go to Vegas in early January for CES - 4 days of 200k plus international visitors - most of whom enter via LAX. Fares are rubbish. I've found it easier to fly into LAX and then pick up a separate fare via AA or SouthWest across the paddock to LAV. 

As an aside, Qantas doesn't fly to LAV - it will be a code-share with AA under a QF flight number. I've found significant issues normalising these sectors hence I now separate the inter-con fare from the domestic fare.

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

Total posts 289

You can currently book AA72 to LAS. (SYD-LAX on AA) It currently has a tag flight with the same number as SYD-LAX on LAX-LAS (different aircraft).

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

They have you because they can – it is that simple.

cssaus

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 29 Jan 2011

Total posts 75

I encountered a similar situation when I wanted to book a business class flight to LAS with Virgin Australia. The additional cost to go to LAS was very expensive.

I ended up booking SYD-LAX return in business class on VA and then purchased a separate return economy ticket on Delta from LAX-LAS for $US200, much cheaper than the add-on fair with VA.

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