AVIATION - QANTAS AIRWAYS
Qantas Airways launches new fare structure
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
14th August 2005:Global carrier Qantas Airways has launched a
new streamlined fare structure, under its continuing effort to provide
passengers with lower fares, more choice and travel flexibility.
The new fare structure include 'Red Tail', offering lowest fares with certain
restrictions, 'Super Saver', a fare structure with flexible conditions and 'Flexi
Saver' a mode providing increased choices. The new fare structure is effective
August 1, 2005.
With just three fare families, the new structure is user-friendly with an easy to
understand range of fares. It offers more choices for passengers to customise
their itineraries and provides greater selection and pricing options, a press
release from Qantas Airways said.
Qantas Airways Vice President (Marketing &Sales, The Americas) Howard
Goldberg said,"we are excited about our fare simplification initiative and are
confident that passengers will be pleased when making their future travel plans.
Our goal is to provide travellers booking flights on Qantas with increased choices,
lower fares and more flexible conditions to streamline and enhance their travel
experiences from the moment they make a reservation", he added.
All economy core fares are priced for round-trip travel, and one-way fares are also
available with Super Saver and Flexi Saver at 60 per cent of the
round-trip fare. These fares are combinable with all other economy
fares based on a half round-trip fare, and booking classes can be combined
across fare families. Passengers can travel using one fare level on the
outbound flight and a different fare level for the return.
Passengers are no longer subject to advance purchase requirements, while the
carrier has relaxed ticketing time limits. The carrier has also eliminated all
surcharges, it said.Minimum and maximum stays have been adjusted to provide simplified options for
customers. Minimum stays have been removed from Super Saver and Flexi Saver
fares, and for Red Tail fares, the minimum stay has been reduced to five days.
Previous maximum stay restrictions have been eliminated and all fare families
now have a one-year maximum stay.
Free stopovers are another benefit of the new fare structure. A certain number of
free stopovers are included with each fare family, and depending on the
passengers' preference stopovers can be added for a nominal charge based on
each fare family's conditions.
Seasonal travel periods have been reduced from four to three to Australia and to
New Zealand. According to the new fare structure Low Season would be between
May 1-June 8 and July 24-September 21, Shoulder Season between February
1-April 30, June 9-July 23, and September 22-December 8, while the High Season
would be between December 9-January 1.Cancellation requirements have been
simplified as well.
On occasion, Qantas may offer periodic fare sales, which would not be
included in these three fare families.
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT