Expedia prices

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Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Anyone using expedia? They publish prices in particular on Qantas much less that available elsewhere. Like in Sep QF prices to Europe about 6.8k or so while expadia advertise them at 4.8k or so. So I have natural curiosity - are those expedia prices for real or it yet another scam?

Jono

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Jan 2013

Total posts 108

Can't speak to the airline side of things, but knowing the accommodation side, I can say you're probably right to feel suspicious. (Except the Air Asia case where Expedia have an exlusivity deal between them and the airline).


According to their hotel partnership contract what they do is charge hoteliers around 20% commission and then offer sales rates, (taking the hit on their commission). This means they're more free to do more frequent '10% off' deals. 

If they're the only ones offering that low price, then I smell a rat. Call me skeptical but I'm a big believer in the ol' adage "if it sounds too good to be true, it's probably cause it is".

Jorge_fly

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 08 Feb 2016

Total posts 83

What I've found in the past is that they publish mixed cabin flights, hence it is so much cheaper. If you press flight details on the Expedia page, it will show you the breakdown of cabin classes in each sector.

jet_setter

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 01 Feb 2015

Total posts 125

It's all about marketshare...

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 345

I have had something similar with webjet (but cheaper by $300-$400) on business cabins, but my flight was no dramas, points and status credits came through as normal, but the catch would be changing flights etc, the fees are higher. I'm thinking that they may have a bigger deal with some of these airlines. Few thousands cheaper would mean a mixed class or something tricky!

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