1. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Half Price Flights.. or not

Discussion in 'Flights' started by Rivetto, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Rivetto

    Rivetto One of Us

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2014
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    340
    Location:
    Canberra
    So.. after looking to book four return flights to Cairns in June, last week the best pricing was around $1,400 all up. While I was not expecting to find real 'half price' fares today I was somewhat pissed to find that today the best I could find for similar days/times was around the $1,250 mark.. woopee..
    Anyone had any real success with half price fares or are the airlines just taking the piss?
     
  2. malas1

    malas1 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2015
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    634
    probably 1/2 of cost if you turn up at the desk and want to buy a ticket next flt
     
  3. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    36,911
    Likes Received:
    46,595
    Location:
    in the cupboard covered in dust
    Friends booked Sydney cairns return for fam of 5 - $600 end of April. They’re stoked.
     
  4. person s

    person s Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    40,961
    Likes Received:
    25,668
    Location:
    macdonaldtown
    spouse and I were looking at a four-day weekend trip to Uluru in June
    flights ok, but not half price
    accomm non-existent
    next year, perhaps
     
  5. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 20, 2002
    Messages:
    31,246
    Likes Received:
    22,913
    Location:
    Brisbane
    I haven’t looked but this was what I expected it to be
     
  6. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Messages:
    13,329
    Likes Received:
    8,237
    Location:
    Northern Beaches
    As shonky as a vacinne roll out. They've got prior form.
     
    ShavedBadger and whether like this.
  7. almontyrat

    almontyrat One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,385
    Likes Received:
    2,004
    Location:
    Wesley Vale, Tasmania
    A friend has just had an Uluru trip cancelled. Apparently the accommodation providers can't get staff (usually backpackers) so are not taking bookings.
     
  8. person s

    person s Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    40,961
    Likes Received:
    25,668
    Location:
    macdonaldtown
    yep, I thought it would be something like that
    adjusting airfares is only one measure, everything else seems to be ignored
     
    currawong and skifree like this.
  9. Townsend

    Townsend One of Us

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2014
    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    2,141
    We managed to get two Qf return flights Syd-Cns in mid May for less than $500. We are very happy!
     
    piolet likes this.
  10. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    39,346
    Likes Received:
    29,045
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    fancy expected the feds to come up solutions that address real world conditions
     
  11. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 7, 2010
    Messages:
    10,020
    Likes Received:
    8,259
    I was awake at 12 midnight and the fares I wanted were $77. But I couldn’t book on mobile so did it in the morning... fares had risen to $150

    So I bet those cheap fares were there just had to be up earlier.
     
  12. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    36,911
    Likes Received:
    46,595
    Location:
    in the cupboard covered in dust
    Ya my friends scored first up
    Checked later and waaaaay up

    Not a bad ploy, other friends booked maroochy at a song then dropped 12k on noosa accom and they'll burn more cash up there.
     
  13. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1970
    Messages:
    18,305
    Likes Received:
    2,797
    Location:
    Far far away Aussie expat
    We've got 4 return tickets to Brisvegas in July. Just under 1K, so not the half price lot but I'm okay with it. I haven't managed to see any of those wicked fares at all.
     
  14. teckel

    teckel "I'm not a cat" Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    48,612
    Likes Received:
    20,857
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Maybe they could employ locals?
     
    malas1 likes this.
  15. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2014
    Messages:
    37,451
    Likes Received:
    39,447
    Location:
    Coastal suburban boonies.
    Perhaps they are half the price that would be charged to a desperate executive who discovers that they have to be somewhere that afternoon.
     
    DidSurfNowSki and malas1 like this.
  16. almontyrat

    almontyrat One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,385
    Likes Received:
    2,004
    Location:
    Wesley Vale, Tasmania
    I am not an employment consultant in the red centre so how would I know.... There would have to be enough "locals" to do the shit jobs at crap wages that are associated with running a resort. I don't think Uluru is exactly a large population centre
     
  17. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 1998
    Messages:
    30,510
    Likes Received:
    27,798
    Location:
    Middle Oz
    There pretty much aren’t any, it’s not a town as such.
     
    almontyrat likes this.
  18. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Messages:
    13,329
    Likes Received:
    8,237
    Location:
    Northern Beaches
    Yulara has a population of just 1099. Nearest local town is Alice Springs, a 5 hour drive away.
     
    skifree likes this.
  19. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    36,911
    Likes Received:
    46,595
    Location:
    in the cupboard covered in dust
    I think its clear who teckel means
    :whistle:
     
    currawong and almontyrat like this.
  20. Gimped

    Gimped One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    993
    Likes Received:
    645
    They would need to work though!
     
  21. cruisin along

    cruisin along A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Messages:
    8,203
    Likes Received:
    4,320
    Location:
    CC Terrigal area
    https://au.jora.com/jobs-in-Uluru-Kata-Tjuta-National-Park-NT
    https://www.voyages.com.au/careers/positions-available?jobID=769

    Two sites for employment opportunities in Uluru which is no where near any town as it is it’s own town so you leave your home behind and live in the resort area........much like being employed on a cruise ship.

    So would love to know what “locals” would be available to work within the positions currently advertised.
    I will say when I visited and stayed there most employees were my mob who were happy to be training for a future in hospitality elsewhere on this planet. Some had also moved their families from other areas in Australia for that experience.
    I am trying to be as polite as possible to address what I see from some in here as an underlying thread of racism that is still so evident even though folk would deny it.
     
  22. buckwheat

    buckwheat One of Us

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2000
    Messages:
    1,182
    Likes Received:
    1,088
    Location:
    Sydney, NSW Australia
    I checked flight prices to alice springs pre 1st april and it was $2400 return for our family. We looked online at about 7am on 1st april and it was actually $1200 return so we booked tickets. No accom yet but are hoping for a campervan. Not sure if original $2400 was typical pricing but the 50% seems to have worked for us.
     
  23. smackies

    smackies A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2002
    Messages:
    8,048
    Likes Received:
    2,417
    Can't be staying long... LOL
     
    piolet likes this.