TA's fight back - fuel surcharges

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  1. browski

    browski Established Member

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  2. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Ooh . I hope so. There is a nice bit in that article

    "Travel agents are also claiming airlines are breaching the Trade Practices Act by forcing them to record fuel surcharges as a tax rather than as part of the fare."

    If they win on this, it could be v v good

    Dave
     
  3. GDSman

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    I certainly wish them a lot of luck but I suspect they will have a hard time winning this one. AFTA is increasingly compliant with every move QF makes and not having Flight Centre as a part of the action diminishes its impact. But, it is interesting timing and certainly adds to the pressure on Dixon and Borghetti.
     
  4. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    Oooh - This is definately nice :)

    ""Fuel surcharges have been used by airlines to disguise airfare increases for a long time," he said."

    Oh, so true.

    For once I fully support the travel agents in this case. Best of luck. Go get 'em :)
     
  5. oz_mark

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  6. Standby

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    When I buy a fare I look at the total cost I pay...and when I do it myself I do it online..How the airline calc the total fare is up to them, I will chose an airline on total cost/product and benifits not who charges what portion of their fare for this security charge or that passenger handling fee. I dont care ,I'm not missing out on any commision for dubious levels of service.
    And as for the challenge does this mean I can expect to see AFTA etc come out and say "If the airlines pay commissions on Fuel surcharges we will lower our ever increasing 'Service fees' we charge you to make a booking thru our agency"....Hmmm I'm not holding my breath on that one.
     
  7. browski

    browski Established Member

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    Ah...... no, its not up to them. That's the point of the class action.
     
  8. vozzie

    vozzie Newbie

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    Do you expect TAs to provide a free service?
    How else are they to stay in business, when they are being paid minimal or no commission on airfares, except by charging a service fee.

    I know from experience that out of a recent custom prepared $20,000 overseas holiday, my Agent was entitled to receive commission on about $7000 of that. The remainder was non-commissionable.
     
  9. Mal

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    Flight Centre has now dropped out of this Class Action citing "commercial considerations". Hmmm, wonder what they are ;)

    Flight Centre pulls plug on class action against airlines | The Courier-Mail

     
  10. Mal

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    Latest news seems to be that quite a few Travel Agents have pulled out of the Class Action.

    Travel agents agree to ditch Qantas class action | The Australian

     
  11. oz_mark

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  12. simongr

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    Given the captive market I wonder how much business QF would lose if they didnt sell through TAs...
     
  13. GDSman

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    An interesting situation. QF have now bought Jetset Travelworld but at the same time continue to marginalise the agency channel...time will tell.
     
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