As previously tipped, Qantas' pricing for its new Boeing 787 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles has now settled back to the usual competitive rates with today's release of a raft of discounted 'saver' fares in business class, premium economy and economy class.
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As we've previously reported, the red-tailed Dreamliner will dart across the Pacific six days a week as QF95/QF96 starting December 15, 2017.
But travellers looking to be among the first to experience Qantas' Boeing 787-9 or snare a seat on the inaugural flight are in for a shock, with most tickets priced well above what they're used to seeing.
For example, the Boeing 787-9's business class lists at over $10,300 for a one-way fare, with premium economy nudging $4,300 one-way and the cheapest economy seat at $3,406 – and again, that's just for the Melbourne-LAX leg.
Here's what the Qantas website is showing at the time of writing for business class...
... premium economy...
Note that there are also no discounted 'saver' fares listed across all three cabins – all that's offered are the top-rate 'flexible' fares.
That alone is reason to hold back on pressing that big red Book Now button.
Happily, this should change in the next few days – because what you're seeing exposed are the full one-way fares, sans any discounting.
These are automatically-posted rack rates which haven't had the benefit of adjustment by the airline's revenue management system to include the usual discounted fares and aren't married up to a return flight.
For example, here are the Melbourne-Los Angeles business class fares for Qantas Airbus A380 service a few days ahead of the Boeing 787 inaugural (and based on booking a return flight later that week).
As you can see, they're much more within the realm of normality – at least for December's peak travel season.
The take-away? As eager as you may be to book that Qantas Boeing 787 flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles, hold off for a few days to see how the pricing settles down as the usual discounted seats and the QF96 return flights start flowing through the booking system.