On the first point, I flew with with JQ on a day trip down to HBA on Saturday (from MEL) - purely on impulse after scoring some 2 for 1 fares. The boarding process was (surprisingly!) relatively orderly but with a definite sense of urgency, the key was sitting close to the boarding gates so you were first in the line. [note though both flights had <50 pax so it will be interesting to see what happens when the flight is full]sully said:Re Jeststar, how are they going to react to an injury arising from the push and shove of people trying to get a preferred seat? This idea of no seat allocations is ridiculous.
I also note re Jetstar that a number of the cabbies who drive up from Avalon aren't familiar with MEL and actually ask for directions!!
Funnily enough, Jetstar are not looking to benefit the passengers with their punctuality. They're looking for quick turn-arounds, to get the planes back in the air. More sectors flown by less planes. That makes sense.rormad said:Funny though the people flying Jetstar would not be as concerned with punctuality of flights as business travellers.
Good point. I have found lately that my company seems to be booking super inflexible fares (that aren't all that cheap really) and I can't change planes if I'm early for love or money. They have a $33 fee for changing but you have to do that 24 hours in advance. If you miss it goodbye ticket. I'm sure that's not how it used to be. It would have been rare for me to travel on a fully flexible fare but on many occasions I finished early and grabbed an earlier flight no probs. Also often made the early connection at BNE when I flew in from TSV en route to SYD - changed on the run just a few months ago. Now I could donate my first born and they wouldn't let me change! What's happened?sully said:I voted for neither as I would rather stay with Qantas and enjoy all the relevant perks. I do have a concern that QF's policies may irk some people though and so they should be more flexible. In the past few weeks I have had to go to MEL on short notice. The price differential between QF and DJ has been quite staggering and so it is hard to justify the latter. Also, if a QF flight is booked on one of the lower fares there is no flexibility to alter flights. If I get to the airport in time for a previous flight and there is room on it why can't I travel on that earlier flight? Very annoying.