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Cancelling or making changes to your next international Qantas flight will become more expensive from later this month as the airline increases the ‘change fees’ applied to passengers in first class, business class, premium economy and economy.
These fees vary by destination, fare type and travel class, with the updated rates applying to new bookings made on and from April 28 2017.
How much is the fee?
On most international Qantas flights including to Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South America, Thailand, UAE, UK and the USA, passengers booked on Economy Sale and Premium Economy Sale tickets will pay $25 more to change or cancel their flight, with costs increasing from $200 to $225.
Travellers on Economy Saver and Premium Economy Saver fares will also pay an extra $25 – increasing from a $100 fee to $125 – while the current $200 change and cancellation fees on Business Saver and First Saver tickets will bump up by $50 to $250.
Amending or axing your trans-Tasman flight will cost $25 more on Economy Sale and Business Saver fares as well, both rising from $100 to $125, while affordably-priced Business Sale tickets again find a price rise of $25 for changes and cancellations, elevating the already-higher fee of $150 to $175.
The most significant changes are for business class passengers booked on Qantas codeshare flights to Fiji (operated by Fiji Airways), with the cost of changing or cancelling a Business Sale fare rising by 45% from $120 to $175, although a more modest increase of $5 is levied on Business Saver and Economy Sale tickets, moving from $120 to $125.
All other fare types not mentioned – including flexible tickets, which already attract a higher ticket price in exchange for easier flight changes and cancellations – are unaffected, as are first class travellers jetting across the Tasman with Emirates on Qantas codeshare flights.
These higher fees to not apply to passengers who book their flights before April 28 2017, with the current, more favourable rates applying in the event of a flight change or ticket cancellation, including when requested after that date.
But regardless of destination or fare type, Qantas is also increasing the assisted booking fees it charges to passengers who reserve their flights over the phone or at airport ticket counters as of May 1 2017, rising from $35 to $40 for Australian domestic and trans-Tasman flights and from $60 to $70 for all other destinations.
The new international fee structures follow earlier changes for Australian domestic passengers, where Qantas' change and cancellation fees on economy Red e-Deal fares rose from $88 to $99 for new bookings made from March 14 2017.