Qantas plans to retain its demand-driven 'Q Surcharge' of up to $200 on its Sydney-Dallas flight, even after adding some 130 extra seats onto the route when the current Boeing 747 is replaced by an Airbus A380.
Qantas introduced its Q Surcharge tariff onto QF7 last month, adding an extra $50 to the cost of economy tickets, $100 to premium economy and $200 to business class fares.
A Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller that "the application of a Q Surcharge helps us target routes where current demand is high", adding that these types of add-on fees are "airline industry practice and (are) often applied on services into and out of Australia."
The airline claims that demand on its Sydney-Dallas flights is sufficiently high enough to keep the Q Surcharge in place even when the airline introduces its Airbus A380 superjumbo onto the route from September 29.
The A380 will carry an extra 120 passengers compared to the Boeing 747, including an extra 28 in business class plus 14 in first class.
A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Q Surcharge on Sydney-Dallas will "remain in place, however we will continue to monitor demand. Our fares on this route remain highly competitive."
Qantas will also extend its Q Surcharge to weekend flights on many popular international routes from May 15 as a 'peak season travel surcharge', the airline explains in an advisory note published on its Industry Sales website.
Economy tickets from Australia to the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa will be hit with an additional $200 surcharge for the outbound flight over selected periods from June 19 to December 23.
Other Q Surcharge levies will include a $50 tariff on Sydney-Honolulu flights and $25 for flights between Australia and Hong Kong, Sydney-Shanghai and Sydney-Manila.
There will also be a $25 'weekend travel surcharge' for most flights on the Qantas-Emirates network.
However, in news that may give frequent flyers an increasingly rare reason to smile, the Q Surcharge doesn't apply to bookings made with Qantas Points.
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