Member since 08 Feb 2018
Total posts 130
QF MEL-SYD at 19:00 this evening
Was $336 at 14:11 this afternoon
At 14:17 was $1511
I get there’s supply and demand but this is despicable price gouging of people needing to get home. If they were the real national carrier they’d try to put on extra services (I know it’s challenging at short notice) but these days it’s all about dollars.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 230
The reservations system works on a system of dynamic pricing. Which means the fewer seats remaining, the higher the price goes. It's an algorithm that's built into the system - Qantas didn't manually change the pricing to a higher level after today's border announcement.
I suppose they *might* be able to turn that system off, but not sure how long it would take to do that and to manually enter pricing for each flight.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 110
You can't really blame Qantas. It exists to make profit. It is not a public service. They are not forcing anyone to buy $1511 tickets. Any extra profits they made yesterday afternoon probably won't even offset the losses in MEL over the next few days.
Do the last economy seats on a Mel-Syd flight always go for $1511? No, it’s a blatant price gouge and affects vulnerable people who might have needed to get to Sydney before midnight, maybe for medical appointments or whatever. I get it’s the system they use, I’m saying it’s a bad system. I’ll be on virgin and Rex in the future.
Member since 27 Dec 2020
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Originally Posted by dm12
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 555
It’s one way to determine who’s need is greatest. If one really has to get to Sydney for whatever reason then they will pay for it.
Member since 09 May 2020
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Member since 17 Jun 2020
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It is price gouging and nothing more. But Qantas exists to make a profit and is not a national carrier.
QF did the same thing after international flights ended last year (a friend rushed back home last year, had to pay the change fee and pay full fare and the flight was only half full).
Originally Posted by patrickk
Originally Posted by tripleplatinum2
Originally Posted by XWu
Member since 01 Aug 2013
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Member since 04 Sep 2019
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ever seen the prices for flights to lord howe island?
Member since 28 Jul 2011
Total posts 49
Originally Posted by KW72
Just remember how qantas behaved once it goes back to normal.
The product and service offerings from our asian (jal, singapore, ana, cathay) and arab (qatar, emirates, etihad) airline friends is miles better than qantas.
qantas was still trying to ferry us idiots around in decades old 747's, it might be a business model that works for british airways, but we shouldn't accept sub standard for premium price when we dont need to.
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