Old Oct 20, 20, 3:42 pm
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samyoull
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: YYZ/SFO/AKL
Programs: NZ*G, back of the bus UA, corner of the MLL AC.
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Originally Posted by samjnz View Post
The flights (LAX-AKL) are trending towards full now and they aren’t preconfirming any upgrades before check in.

They’ve also zeroed out all the cheaper fare buckets (eg. J class for BP) when they load the flights in.

I can’t help feel a sense of price gouging given the fares are now artificially set at levels higher than I would get on a usual trip in peak season.

It does give me concern that they are selling seats until the plane is completely full, not allowing any social distancing on these flights. A little disappointed in Air NZ with this compared to what less “premium” carriers like Southwest and Alaska are doing here with reduced capacity
From what I can see on EF (and from anecdotes on the NZHQ facebook group) these flights aren't going out full - but yeah the bucket inflation is frustrating.

I'm not too concerned about social distancing, just deciding whether to pony up another US$1K to make sure I'm not in Y.
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