Qantas Price Gouging

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KW72

Member since 17 Jun 2020

Total posts 29

Did anyone else notice the price gouging by Qantas yesterday? Had a couple friends that needed to return and it was $800 to Melbourne, $1300 (!) to Brisbane from Sydney.

Forced to pay the fare difference despite the airline saying you’re allowed one free change.

The sooner competition is brought to the market the better. Disgraceful behaviour from a business that has gotten over a billion dollars this year of taxpayer handouts to exploit people like this.

dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

Total posts 135

agree. I'm sure the demand increased but 'as the national carrier' (as AJ always says) they should increase seats not fares when this happens. I'm also sure they'll do nicely out of the thousands of passenger cancellations all with $80+ change fees (plus fare differences) and not having to fly those seats for the next couple of months.

Last editedby dm12 at Dec 21, 2020, 09:09 AM.

GBRGB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Jan 2014

Total posts 267

Was always going to happen, all the spin about booking with confidence and the airlines flexibility was just to get some cash in the till, It’s why they haven’t put staff on to handle it, they just wanted the money and then make it difficult for passengers to get it back or make changes, it’s why I will be flying nowhere until this thing is finally sorted.

GoRobin

Member since 07 May 2020

Total posts 53

It's amazing how the thieves and cheats come out to play during a pandemic. They know that the ACCC is simply looking the other way. All the consumer hard won rights over many years thrown out by governments in various states of panic. Interesting to note that not one of the recent positive covid cases made it to ICU.

Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Nov 2018

Total posts 32

It wasn’t just Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar all put their prices up significantly.

I also returned from Sydney on Qantas and only had to pay a $36 fair difference and no change fee, if fact i was booked on a 5pm flight and the lovely lady at the lounge got me away on a 2pm flight.

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 170

Dynamic pricing. It works the other way too - we get cheaper fares when demand is light. Still don't have to like it though.

DY

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 May 2017

Total posts 18

Did QF really receive over a billion dollars of taxpayer handouts this year?!

aklrunway

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2011

Total posts 173

No one on this post seems to know how supply and demand works. I would have thought it was widely known that the cheapest seats sell out first, leaving the more expensive seats often the only option. QF wouldn't have made any adjustment to their pricing, in fact you can probably look online at what the most expensive fully flexible fare is a year out from now on the routes and see there is no difference in what was on offer when your friends were trying to get home. It's also the holiday season which is airlines' busiest period so the cheaper flights would have indeed already gone. With a rush to get out of NSW, of course any remaining cheaper fares would have been snapped up.

regular flyer

Member since 13 May 2020

Total posts 9

Originally Posted by aklrunway

No one on this post seems to know how supply and demand works. I would have thought it was widely known that the cheapest seats sell out first, leaving the more expensive seats often the only option. QF wouldn't have made any adjustment to their pricing, in fact you can probably look online at what the most expensive fully flexible fare is a year out from now on the routes and see there is no difference in what was on offer when your friends were trying to get home. It's also the holiday season which is airlines' busiest period so the cheaper flights would have indeed already gone. With a rush to get out of NSW, of course any remaining cheaper fares would have been snapped up.

ever booked a BNE/SYD or SYD/MEL return day trip at last minute ? esp for a Monday booked on previous Friday? Expect to pay $1000 for economy, departing 0500-0700, coming home 1600-1800. This is where airlines make their money. Cheaper to fly to LAX in Xmas peak season, on best airline, as long as book a long way ahead. Just been told I can get $999 return for late December 2021, or early January 2022 departure.

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