$41 more for J - SYD-MEL?

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  1. Febs

    Febs Established Member

    Aug 15, 2006
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    Hi all,

    Not sure if this is a new thing (our corporate TA hadn't seen it before, so I thought it may be), but I went to choose my SYD-MEL-SYD flights in a few weeks, and noticed for certain flights, fully-flexible was $411 (as it usually is), but business was only $452. I've seen this once or twice before, but never for so many flights. In fact, almost all the SYD-MEL flights up to 1pm are $452 for J on this day (a Monday).

    Unfortunately our TA's system didn't show the new price (J return was still a $255 increase over Y), so they're currently chasing it up for me. Sounds like a cheap way to build up some SC's IMO. :)

    Ordinarily I would've guessed this was old news, but as my TA hadn't heard of it, I thought it may be new?

    Cheers,
    - Febs.
     

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  3. Febs

    Febs Established Member

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    Ahh, those elusive D fares.

    Thanks Serfty. Would've thought our corporate TA would be well aware of them (then again, this is FCM we're talking about....)

    Cheers,
    - Febs.
     
  4. littl_flier

    littl_flier Active Member

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    Hey Febs,

    Unfortunately we have private fares negotiated with QF that offer us an upfront ~30% discount on a Y or J class fare. This means that at the end of the day, the J fare is only about $25 more each way than the D class fare due to the discount, but indeed makes it $105 more per sector between Y-D and $130 per sector for Y-J.

    Thought I had this one played too, but not so. The J is probs better anyway considering the flexibility we tend to need. The FCm team don't tend to know because they're not supposed to book them for us for this reason- Aaron had to ring me back twice to check if they were even allowed to book them. :shock:

    Cheers,
    littl_flier
     
  5. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    I think you are giving them way too much credit there. I now have a dispensation to book all my travel myself (or via our US corporate desk) because FCM are unable to book the flights I want in the times that I want,

    I get around the local travel policy because I am paid for by the US and report to them directly. I get round the US travel policy because I am a long long way from New York ;)
     
  6. littl_flier

    littl_flier Active Member

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    Unfortunately Febs and I probably won't have our expenses paid if we don't book through FCm so we get our rebates. You're a lucky man Mr simongr, thats an auditing hat on there with an A+ for justification and documentation. :p No qualfied opinion there!
     
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