Are fares usually cheaper on AA.com ??

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No, neither of those, rather they were decadent and high in saturated fat and carbohydrates. They were quite moorish...if a little different. But that's American cakes for you...

A present from Dave Noble, purloined from somewhere on his recent trip to the LOTFAP.
 

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Mal said:
It appears that AA has priced my flight at the base fare+fuel surcharges in the base fare, and then added on other taxes bringing the cost to the same as I would have got through Zuji et.al. The fuel surcharges would have been roughly £100 for the fare.

Very interesting I think... Have things changed?

I did some more checking tonight.

It appears that you will now pay proper fuel surcharges on International flights, so the use of AA for Qantas Itineraries heading overseas is nowhere near as useful as it was and savings are now nearly non-existant.

Domestic flights still price out cheaper - GST of course making the all important differences.
 

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Lindsay Wilson said:
No, neither of those, rather they were decadent and high in saturated fat and carbohydrates. They were quite moorish...if a little different. But that's American cakes for you...

A present from Dave Noble, purloined from somewhere on his recent trip to the LOTFAP.

Nothing American about Jaffa Cakes.. These are from good ole Eggland. mmm... jaffa cakes ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cake )

Dave
 

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Mal said:
......so the use of AA for Qantas Itineraries heading overseas is nowhere near as useful as it was and savings are now nearly non-existant.

Domestic flights still price out cheaper - GST of course making the all important differences.

That sums it up; I do think there has been a recent rise in the aa.com price of QF flights. The O/S QF flights I checked were cheaper on QF than they were on aa.com, but there are still some small savings on domestic to be made as you say and as Lindsay has outlined above. If you intend to claim back GST for business flights the saving is eroded somewhat. But at least aa.com don't add a hefty CC surcharge.
 

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Hi all

Can add to the AA.com experience. Trying to book PER-MEL for this week - fares high due to PErth school holidays. Cheapest available on QF was $353 (plus CC booking fee - this was the next level up from the red e-deal). Fare from AA.com priced out at AUD306.15 for S class so we took that.

Only 'problem' (and I know people have ways of getting around this) was the need for a US credit card for AA.com. Luckily my colleague had family in the States and they paid.

Booking showed 'confirmed' in the QF system immediately, but was showing 'on request' in the AA system for about 4 hours until ticketed (e-ticket).

Cheers

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I just booked BNE - SYD on aa (QF flight) I got an email with the eticket confirmation. However on checkmytrip.com, it says I have a manual ticket with a number.

On a similar DRW - BNE flight, booked through QF, it says I have an electronic ticket.

Can I be confident I do infact have an eticket for BNE - SYD, even though it says manual? Is it just a glitch?
 

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justinbrett said:
I just booked BNE - SYD on aa (QF flight) I got an email with the eticket confirmation. However on checkmytrip.com, it says I have a manual ticket with a number.

On a similar DRW - BNE flight, booked through QF, it says I have an electronic ticket.

Can I be confident I do infact have an eticket for BNE - SYD, even though it says manual? Is it just a glitch?


Don't worry about the "manual" ticket bit. It's only if you don't have a ticket number that I'd start to be worried (after a few days after booking of course!).

Manual ticket means the booking was made in a different booking system, and then exported to Amadeus. Nothing to worry about.
 

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Mal said:
Don't worry about the "manual" ticket bit. It's only if you don't have a ticket number that I'd start to be worried (after a few days after booking of course!).
I never received an eticket from AA, yet my credit card has been charged, checkmytrip shows a ticket number, and Qantas have inserted by QFF number!
 

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I don't know why but sometimes from AA I get emailed e-ticket and other times not. If you don't get an email or if you look up status on aa.com and it doesnt show ticketed then just follow up by phone.
 

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Check any spam filters you have set up - my AA e-ticket got trapped by the Outlook spam filter.
 

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odoherty said:
I never received an eticket from AA, yet my credit card has been charged, checkmytrip shows a ticket number, and Qantas have inserted by QFF number!
You can't actually receive an e-ticket. Its an electronic entity - just a record on a computer system. What you should receive via email is an e-ticket receipt that includes the e-ticket number and other pertinent details.

If you have not received an e-ticket receipt, you can request another copy be sent to you. If the itinerary is available via VirtuallyThere.Com and ticketed from Sabre, you can print an e-ticket receipt on-line.
 

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Ok, once more for the pedants up the back:

Check any spam filters you have set up - my AA e-ticket receipt got trapped by the Outlook spam filter.
 

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Ok, once more for the pedants up the back:

Check any spam filters you have set up - my AA e-ticket receipt got trapped by the Outlook spam filter.

Yes indeed, and I've seen QF and DJ emails blocked by our mailserver because their domains occasionally show up on DNS blacklists for some reason.
 

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VERY interesting thread!

Planning to visit a mate living in SIN (hah!) before 31 Jan. Quick fare comparison:

Travel 19-21 Jan 07 SYD-SIN-SYD

Qantas AU website: AU$1,306 (return via MEL)
Bestflights website: AU$1,135 with SQ, $1,442 with QF
Qantas SG website: AU$456 SIN-SYD only
AA website: AU$1,052 (QF tail, less on BA)

All prices ex. tax, but even with the conversion fee, that's a lot less.

What's more, the AA site has available two direct flights SIN-SYD (QF6 and QF32) listed as not available on the Qantas website.

Geez, I can see why Qantas don't want any more international competition when they can charge $250 more for the same flight!
 

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Since you noticed the rather lower prices on the QG Singapore web site, I will point out a couple of interesting related items.
1. The SG prices are in SG dollars and do not include all the various taxes. My last SIN-PER-SIN ticket this was $SG290. But then the $SG is worth about $AU0.835
2. The SG tickets are good for 12 months.
3. These are exSIN tickets only. AA can not sell them though SIN TAs can. Much like TAs outside of SIN cannot sell the cheap SIN-HKG seats on CX.

So - if you plan to travel outside Oz at least once a year pick the cheapest way to get there and get the round trip exSIN. I suspect that QF is happy most Aussies don't travel that often. Especially since there are quite good deals to Europe on BA in WTP.

Happy wandering.

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One more comparison

SYD-BOM on aa.com as UK resident 518 pound = 1295 AUD
on Qantas.com = 1398 AUD + 12 $ CC fees = 1410 AUD

Now to book this fare should I just say UK resident and put in my Aus CC?

A bit confused here
 
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A correction, 518 pound was without the 36 pound tax so addiding that makes it 1390 AUD same as QF fare no difference................:oops:
 

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So - if you plan to travel outside Oz at least once a year pick the cheapest way to get there and get the round trip exSIN. I suspect that QF is happy most Aussies don't travel that often. Especially since there are quite good deals to Europe on BA in WTP.
As I travel to SIN/BKK 2 or 3 times a year that is what I have done on the last trip in July. Used award ticket one-way to SE Asia and then purchased return ticket SIN-SYD-SIN (via a few backwater towns). I now have return ticket to SYD-backwater-SIN for Dec 27 and will purchase a SIN-SYD-SIN returning early Jan and going back again April/May.

At early calculations it looks saving around A$300-400 per trip.
 
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