Government to halve flight prices in $1.2bn tourism plan

hydrabyss

Active Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2012
Messages
793
Solutions
1
Points
295
I have accommodation booked for Cairns for a few stays this year but with the flight times that are available are either early am or late pm departures for the 1/2 price fares. So with the recent announcement of travelling to NZ starting soon I am thinking of going there instead. The only real issue is VA don't fly there until October but considering I don't need the status credits for some time I suppose I can fly with someone else.
 

PineappleSkip

Established Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2007
Messages
2,084
Points
580
Qantas
Platinum
Virgin
Red
I had a look at the 'sale' fares to NZ and cheapest from East Coast to anywhere Kiwi appeared to be around $350-$400 each way. :oops:

Couldn't find direct CNS-AKL flights in May, but one SC sweet spot was CNS to AKL J via BNE for about $1,150 and 140 SCs. Hardly a bargain but it's all relative. I didn't bite.

Hey, AFF is alive again!

cheers skip
 

Mattg

Enthusiast
Joined
Aug 21, 2011
Messages
10,660
Solutions
13
Points
1,335
I had a look at the 'sale' fares to NZ and cheapest from East Coast to anywhere Kiwi appeared to be around $350-$400 each way. :oops:

Couldn't find direct CNS-AKL flights in May, but one SC sweet spot was CNS to AKL J via BNE for about $1,150 and 140 SCs. Hardly a bargain but it's all relative. I didn't bite.

Hey, AFF is alive again!

cheers skip

I suspect the airfares to New Zealand will come down a bit in a few weeks or months.

In the meantime, all seats on Qantas flights are currently available to book using points (but for the first 3 days only).
 
Last edited:

PineappleSkip

Established Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2007
Messages
2,084
Points
580
Qantas
Platinum
Virgin
Red
All economy seats maybe. I couldn't find a J award anywhere, but plenty of J fares. Possibly the have all been snaffled, but seems unlikely - I was looking in mid May

Cheers skip
 

Mattg

Enthusiast
Joined
Aug 21, 2011
Messages
10,660
Solutions
13
Points
1,335
All economy seats maybe. I couldn't find a J award anywhere, but plenty of J fares. Possibly the have all been snaffled, but seems unlikely - I was looking in mid May

Cheers skip

Sorry, my wording was very clumsy and I've updated my post. The Points Planes (all seats available) are only from 19-21 April. On other dates for the rest of 2021, award availability to NZ is supposed to be 50% higher.
 
Now with contactless delivery, shop online to get drinks delivered to your door or pick up in-store in 30 minutes. Lowest Liquor Price Guarantee. Biggest Range.

AFF Supporters can remove this and all advertisements

burmans

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 21, 2006
Messages
7,192
Points
880
All economy seats maybe. I couldn't find a J award anywhere, but plenty of J fares. Possibly the have all been snaffled, but seems unlikely - I was looking in mid May

Cheers skip
I got in quite early as I'm keen to see some family. When I was looking both economy and business rewards were available though business was showing as 'only a few seats left'.
 

jakeseven7

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2005
Messages
6,406
Solutions
2
Points
1,145
I got in quite early as I'm keen to see some family. When I was looking both economy and business rewards were available though business was showing as 'only a few seats left'.

Whilst I haven't been game (don't trust a trigger happy NZ more than anything) my family has and have grabbed 4 A330 J class classic rewards.

They had no problem finding them, but imagine they won't last as appears to be doing a healthy business...
 

wendlle

Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2017
Messages
252
Points
165
Qantas
Bronze
Virgin
Gold
So the sale fares have ended and today I found out I need to fly from Merimbula to Melbourne and the flights were $99 and now they are double that
Anyone think this might be extended or offered again? Is there any data to show how many tickets weren’t taken up?
Failing this I can also fly from Canberra but prices are high with both Qantas and virgin
Do sale fares come up often? Dates are in mid June
 

aikman

Member
Joined
Sep 19, 2009
Messages
472
Solutions
1
Points
230
So the sale fares have ended and today I found out I need to fly from Merimbula to Melbourne and the flights were $99 and now they are double that
Anyone think this might be extended or offered again? Is there any data to show how many tickets weren’t taken up?
Failing this I can also fly from Canberra but prices are high with both Qantas and virgin
Do sale fares come up often? Dates are in mid June
The sale is still going. Surprisingly there are still seats left eg. MIM-MEL $95 on June 17.
 

wendlle

Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2017
Messages
252
Points
165
Qantas
Bronze
Virgin
Gold
Oh yes my bad sorry I really only looked at the dates I wanted and nothing came up so I just assumed it finished 🤦🏻‍♀️Also found some with REX for the same price so if Qantas have some the same would rather them as I still have lounge access with the fast track application
 

AIRwin

Established Member
Joined
Apr 13, 2013
Messages
4,687
Solutions
8
Points
700
Qantas
Gold
Virgin
Gold
Looks like the Jetstar bundles are also 50% off.
Guess it's not surprising that the 50% difference in the bundle is also charged for any changes if there are no longer half price fares on the new flight which I've just discovered...
 

CaptJCool

Established Member
Joined
May 31, 2012
Messages
1,895
Points
570
I figured tics were on sale til at least 31 July

So here’s a data point for you

immediately after the Adelaide event at star of Siam I took a look and there were Zero half price fares to Melb for the following weekend.... by Tues or We’d there were...

go figure .
presumably as fares aren’t bought they are re-allocated to a future date ?
 

AIRwin

Established Member
Joined
Apr 13, 2013
Messages
4,687
Solutions
8
Points
700
Qantas
Gold
Virgin
Gold
Half price fares out of BNE still included BME yesterday but I just noticed that it's no longer advertised...
 

Enhance your AFF viewing experience!

From just $6 we'll remove all advertisements so that you can enjoy a cleaner and uninterupted viewing experience.

And you'll be supporting us so that we can continue to provide this valuable resource :)


Sample AFF with no advertisements? More..
Top