This is a continuation of my series of Secrets That Travel Bloggers Don’t Want You To Know. (FYI This deal is dead.)
Who doesn’t like to find a deal down-under? Well gone are the days of the mistake UA fares of $465 round trip from a few years ago, but high season (Nov-March) can range into the thousands for economy class tickets from JFK/LAX-Sydney. For my example I will use November 7-22, 2013 in all of the following bookings.
Qantas flies from New York, Dallas and Los Angeles in the USA direct and non stop to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. For this example I will use only JFK-SYD and LAX-SYD. This method also works between other city pairs worldwide.
Utilizing the Expedia US website I find a ticket from JFK for $1468.99 and from LAX $1,278.44. This is generally the exact same price as available on the Qantas Group website. These airfares are dynamically priced so what you see here most likely will not be still available but the savings over what is currently available is just as great.
Tickets went on sale last Thursday and as of now there are only 25 tickets left available. I would like to meet our readers and will be there with other F2B bloggers and The Frugal Travel Guy Rick Ingersoll. Rick and I will be giving a session at brunch on Sunday and there are lots of fun activities all weekend.
I will even have some airline amenity kits and airline first class pajamas to give away to some lucky attendees.
Below is an example of tickets I was able to find last Thursday evening looking at Expedia.com’s United States website. I checked JFK-SYD and LAX-SYD in economy class only. You can check yourself in other classes and see if it will work.
There is a trick that was openly discussed at a recent Frequent Flyer conference on how to use laws in Brazil that limit the pricing that airlines can charge for taxes and fuel surcharges. It is well known that airlines are prohibited from imposing fuel surcharges on tickets originating in Brazil. In April 2012 Ben Schlappig wrote online about this.
It was first discovered that you could purchase tickets departing from Brazil and there would be no fuel surcharges, next we learned that this applies to award tickets too.
But the problem comes when an airline does not fully understand that the law applies only to flights originating in Brazil.
Apparently what has happened is that Qantas has interpreted the law to mean that they are not allowed to charge fuel surcharges on all tickets sold in Brazil. (Which essentially means the same as they loaded their Brazil pricing incorrectly) In practicality you can purchase (on Expedia’s Brazil website) a Qantas ticket from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world AND as long as it is purchased in Brazil (or a Brazilian website), you will not pay a fuel surcharge.
So lets see what happens to our LAX and JFK-SYD ticket for Nov. 7, 2013:
Ok, I know you don’t speak Portuguese but we can work around that. Download and install Google Chrome web browser and it will translate it into English for you. But it should make sence to you without a translation. Let’s do the math:
JFK-SYD paid in Brazilian R$1,877.99 works out to about US$878.47 vs. paid in the US at $1,468.99. This represents a savings of USD$590.52 per passenger!
LAX-SYD paid in Brazilian R$1429.18 works out to about US$669.00 vs. paid in the US at $1,278.44, a savings of a whopping $609.44 per passenger!
- Come get Use Google Chrome
- Go to expedia.com.br
- Select Qantas only on the left side
- Pricing will show up at pounds sterling, just ignore as this is a translation error, they are actually pricing in R$.
- Use a cc with no foreign transaction fees, as you will pay in Brazilian currency
- Any flight worldwide as long as it has a QF flight number, they forget to charge fuel surcharges
- Rumor has it that it does not even have to be QF metal, just a QF flight number
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