Corona price gouge

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dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

Total posts 137

Originally Posted by CBRQF

Originally Posted by KW72

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).

Last editedby KW72 at Feb 15, 2021, 02:17 PM.
What do you think being a 'national carrier' entails? Being a charity? It is still a business. And you had other options (Virgin, Jetstar, XPT).

a) no I don't expect charity. I expect good corporate citizens. I.e put more flights on when demand jumps, not hike up the fare 450% in 7 minutes. If they want call themselves the national carrier, then some sense of providing a service needs to exist.

b) actually no. VA had no flight scheduled, JQ flight left in 20 minutes time, and no XPT that evening.

dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

Total posts 137

Originally Posted by dm12

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.

16 down votes! I guess the Qantas fan club doesn't care about vulnerable people.

KW72

Member since 17 Jun 2020

Total posts 43

Originally Posted by CBRQF

Originally Posted by KW72

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).

Last editedby KW72 at Feb 15, 2021, 02:17 PM.
What do you think being a 'national carrier' entails? Being a charity? It is still a business. And you had other options (Virgin, Jetstar, XPT).

It's not binary. But you can't say you're a national carrier that cares for customers in a time of need, when you gouge them $1511 to get home when shit hits the fan.

Just say you're a profit maximising business and stop with the bs around being a charitable national carrier.

Nalanji

Member since 28 Mar 2018

Total posts 6

Originally Posted by dm12

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.

I’ve looked on Expertflyer. Qantas’s highest price economy fare is about $900. The highest price business class is about $1500.

I imagine flights were selling out quickly after borders closed. Perhaps the change of class was not obvious?

Finally, I hope you were able to travel that day on any airline. It must have been a stressful situation for you.



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