I'm traveling to Sydney for a wedding and the trip will bridge Christmas and New Years. Fares ex JFK are ~ $US 2200 round trip.
If anyone has any experience with the route at that time of year, I'd appreciate whether that's a fair price, and any other advice of how Qantas prices tickets (i.e. - optimum time out to book a flight). I realize any experience will be anecdotal, but still appreciated.
Apr 19, 12, 11:15 am
That's a great price - I have, in the past, paid well over $3000 (and once $4500) for economy class tickets.
That's a great price - I have, in the past, paid well over $3000 (and once $4500) for economy class tickets.Agreed - at $2,200, take it while you can get it .....
I assume that's the QF all-in price, including taxes and fuel surcharge? How much is the AA (codeshare) price?
The fares usually increase substantially in mid-December (9th). Looking at published fares, the cheapest QF or AA fare, leaving December 9 or later, is currently an N fare at $1,920, excluding taxes etc. Leaving December 8 or earlier, that same N fare is $1,520. Trying to book a ticket from QF, they want US $2,720 leaving December 9, $2,123 leaving December 8 (both prices all-in, including taxes etc.). If you're seeing $2,200 all-in somewhere, as said, I'd take it.
If you're looking for AA miles, be aware that the cheapest QF tickets generally earn no AA miles. The fares in N quoted above, if bought as a QF ticket, earn no (as in zero) AA miles (100% miles if AA but only 0.5 EQP per mile).
[Edited to add: AA currently quotes $2,194.40 for a Q fare, leaving December 8 ($2,766.40 for an N fare leaving December 9)]