Jetstar: beachhead or bunk?

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  1. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Did anyone here manage to get one of the low cost tickets to HNL?
     

  2. serfty

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    Someone on FT reported success. Unfortunately the site was so overloaded, it was impossible to use for most. By the time many regained access, the cheap tickets were sold out.
     
  3. BiziBB

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    Hi,
    Thanks to a note on a thread here, several people were able to get tickets the first morning the AUD$44 (+$179 surcharges/taxes each sector) tix were on offer, at least until 9AM of the first sale day.

    For a SYD-HNL RTN for 2 people, it worked out at under $911, including a $16 CC surcharge. That's without any extras sold on-board.

    On the seat allocation maps, before 9AM there was plenty of available seats mapped. I think we reserved row 29/30 (had to re-do the purchase as my first go was 'sold' before QF accepted the card payment).

    Hope this helps.
    BB
     
  4. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    That's a darn good price and hard to beat.
     
  5. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    The sale was first advertised here and/or Flyertalk around midnight I believe.

    Plenty of time to scope and reserve tickets if you had that hankering and were awake :D

    I looked, but couldn't find a good enough special to go. No FF points bites for the el cheapo ticket, and until some time that morning only SYD and MEL departures were being offered.

    I told workmates about the deal before the emails came out from jetstar, but suprisingly there was little interest.

    (BTW, you can often get super deals to HNL from Qantas and Hawaiian airlines - especially if you prepay AU$400 or so in hotel etc. The prices are only about $600 each or so).l
     
  6. maninblack

    maninblack Established Member

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    Exactly right, you can nearly always get very cheap fares on QF by going through Qantas hols. The Jetstar thing is a promotional gimmick and great for the few who snapped up the cheapies. The real issue is the long range pricing and my bet is that QF dumps the route around April next year (hope not & discussed ad nauseum elsewhere here) and at that time the JQ fares will be pretty close to existing discounted QF fares. We shall see.
     
  7. adrian

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    I was "fortunate" to be at work at 5am that morning, and looking on the smh.com website, noticed their article about Jetstar cheapo flights to HNL. So I went to the Jetstar website an put in a few random dates for 2 people, and almost every flight was showing availability at $44 plus surcharges, so I really think that they had a lot of seats available. I knew my sister wanted to go to HNL with her family so I called her and told her - she wasn't exactly thrilled about the 6am phonecall, but she managed to pickup 4 seats during the April school holidays for around $1800. She finished booking around 7.30am I think. I told another friend who looked around 9am, and there they couldn't find anything. I guess my sister and her family were lucky I had to work early that day!! As for me - I'm getting a bit too spoilt, and will probably add it on to a J class ATW in the next few months (provided Qantas still fly there by there then!!!)
     
  8. sydney_kings

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    I ended up booking two tickets from Sydney.
    About $900 in total inclusive of taxes/fuel surcharges.

    Hawaii Airlines do offer $600 fares but that's WITHOUT taxes, so the fair ends up being approx $900 per person.

    I was quite fortunate to have a surf around late that night - found out about 11pm - investigated some travel plans and booked at about 1am :)
     
  9. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Jetstar non sale fares for SYD-HNL return using random dates in May 2007 cost ~$1140 for days with direct flights or ~$1440 on days with flights via MEL, without food, pillow or headset.

    QF fares, assuming that QF still operate the route, for the same week are ~$1420 with fully inclusive service, SC's and FF points.

    Why choose a LCC at those prices?
     
  10. serfty

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    Interestingly, if you spend ~$2200 on starclass fares; you'll get min 140SC's each way. Sort of like J creadits for premium WHY travel.
     
  11. jakeseven7

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    Hmmm I smell some potential JQ Starclass status runs..
     
  12. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Good point! But it's still Jetstar. :(

    In a place not too far from here for ~$2200 one can get 600 SC's in business class. ;) Exactly halfway to re-qualifying platinum.
     
  13. serfty

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    #13 serfty, Sep 22, 2006
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    You can get from Syd to that place for 60K QFF points or $1500 on QF WHY. On JQ you can get there for about $1950 earning 320 SC's on the return.

    ATM Starclass seems a reasonable SC return for the price. (IMO)
     
  14. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Actually getting to that place from SYD and buying the airfare from the other place costs ~$1400 for 210 SC's plus one short business class return flight from that place to the other place for a total cost of ~$1850 earning 330 SC's.

    I do agree with you though that JQ Starclass is very good value, the numbers do not lie. The only problem is that you have to fly JQ! I will wait and see how you get on with your JQ Starclass flight to that place later on this year.
     
  15. NM

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    What is the problem with flying JQ if you are in Starclass? It seems to be quite a reasonable premium economy product - apart from the over-use of the colour orange :mad: .
     
  16. serfty

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    Nellie, that's Ochre! ;)
     
  17. maninblack

    maninblack Established Member

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    Check out the Jetstar website. The intnl schedule pdf has not been updated in weeks so HNL still isn't on it, (and perhaps other info) the photo gallery has not got a new image since 2004, the starclass page doesn't show a single picture of the product or the A330's, the route map doesn't show the intnl destinations and when you do a flight search and it comes up with no availability, it doesn't show the next available date, leaving you to keep trying day be day until a flight appears.

    Budget airline, budget website. Who designs and maintains this garbage?
     
  18. NM

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    I guess they have to keep the cost down somehow. Perhaps they are going to implement a user-pays approach to the web site. You can pay $2 to view a picture of Starclass, $1.50 for an up-to-date route map, and $3 to view the conditions of carriage. A package deal of all downloadable information will cost $4.95 (plus GST and internet bandwidth surcharge).

    Perhaps I should not give them any ideas :shock: .

    At least I can confirm that JQ's web site is not included in my Favourites folder :cool: .
     
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