Qan­tas dou­bles its air­fare dis­counts

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome lo­cals will be able to ac­cess fur­ther dis­counts on Qan­tas flights af­ter the air­line cut prices on its cheap­est seats.

Qan­tas an­nounced last Tues­day that dis­counts for Red e-Deal tick­ets would rise from 10 to 20 per­cent in its regional dis­count trial.

The 12-month trial, launched in Novem­ber, re­duced fares by up to 30 per cent for res­i­dents in a num­ber of regional towns, in­clud­ing Broome, but faced crit­i­cism for only de­creas­ing the price of the pop­u­lar and cheap­est Red e-Deals by 10 per cent.

Re­search by Broome Ad­ver­tiser shows that for a Red e-Deal $610 re­turn flight from Broome to Perth, booked two weeks in ad­vance, res­i­dents would now pay $505, sav­ing $105.

A spokesper­son for Qan­tas said the air­line wanted to en­cour­age as many res­i­dents as pos­si­ble to ac­cess the cheaper fares.

“We’ve al­ways said we would re­view the pro­gram dur­ing the trial pe­riod,” they said.

“Our data shows the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents are pur­chas­ing our lead-in fares and book­ing in ad­vance, so we’re dou­bling the dis­counts for these fares so that the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents can ac­cess a dis­count of at least 20 per cent ev­ery time they fly.”

The dis­count re­mains sub­ject to a terms and con­di­tions.

To ac­cess cheaper flights, res­i­dents need to join the air­line’s Fre­quent Flyer pro­gram, book a re­turn flight for per­sonal travel only, with a limit of four re­turn flights each year.

The nor­mal $89.50 Fre­quent Flyer join­ing fee has been waived since the in­cep­tion of the trial.

In­creased dis­counts are only valid for new tick­ets booked from last Tues­day.

The dis­count only ap­plies to the Qan­tas-con­trolled com­po­nent of re­turn fares, which ex­cludes taxes, se­cu­rity and air­port charges.

The scheme was in­tro­duced weeks af­ter a State Gov­ern­ment inquiry into the high cost of regional air­fares last year.

It is available to peo­ple liv­ing in Broome, Port Hed­land, Kar­ratha, Parabur­doo, New­man and Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

Qan­tas said about 1700 roundtrip tick­ets had been pur­chased by res­i­dents of the six com­mu­ni­ties since the trial be­gan.

The air­line en­cour­aged res­i­dents to book as early as pos­si­ble.

Pic­ture: Getty

Broome res­i­dents can now ac­cess the in­creased dis­counts.

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