- Sep 8, 2004
Standby said: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
Standby said:"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.
TRAVEL retailer Flight Centre has pulled out of an $80 million class action against six international airlines, including Qantas, over the alleged underpayment of commission fees.
Managing director Graham Turner said the decision was motivated by "commercial considerations''.
Law firm Slater & Gordon launched the action on behalf of travel agents 14 months ago in an attempt to recover commission on fuel surcharges.
A NUMBER of travel agents have signed contracts with Qantas in which they have agreed to pull out of or never be involved in future legal action relating to an $80 million class action.
Qantas said yesterday it would not discuss its commercial contracts and denied it had tried to force travel agents to opt out of the case, which has been brought against Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air NZ, Malaysian Airlines and Cathay Pacific, over their practice of not paying agents commission on fuel surcharges.
The airlines label the fuel surcharge a "tax" but the law firm running the case, Slater & Gordon, says this is misleading as the cost of fuel is part of an airline's operating costs and is not a government tax.
Flight Centre is the latest travel agency to withdraw from the class action, although managing director Graham Turner said yesterday he believed the consumer watchdog should take further action.
Mal said: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