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QANTAS: Fares will rise by 3.5% from 27 October

QANTAS: Fares will rise by 3.5% from 27 October

In a note to travel agents, Qantas has advised that its fares will rise by an average of 3.5%, with Jetstar fares up an average of 3% from next week. Specifically, 27 October, 2023.

The major drivers for the fare hike are the increasing cost of oil due to tensions in the Middle East, moving the crude price closer to US$ 100 (AU$ 158) a barrel. A weakened Australian dollar hasn’t helped either

Qantas A320 at Auckland Airport, July 2023 [Schuetz/2PAXfly]
Qantas A320 at Auckland Airport, July 2023 [Schuetz/2PAXfly]


Back on 28 September, Qantas advised that it would absorb current increases in fuel price, which at that stage were around 30%. But, if the cost of fuel went higher, it would need to adjust fares. Chickens are apparently coming home to roost.

Customer resistance

There is likely to be some passenger resistance to these fare hikes due to other cost of living pressures. Qantas fares are already high, and some interpreted the advice back in September to mean that a return to lower fares would be delayed rather than fares actually increasing.

It’s expected that the increased fuel prices will add about AU$250 million to the forecast given by Qantas back in August. AU$50 million of that is down to the poorly performing Australian dollar. The rest is increased crude prices.

Share price

The Qantas share price has received a battering recently. In the last 12 months, it has lost 20% of its value, and today sat at AU$4.72 – a one-year low.

Qantas aircraft at Melbourne Airport
Qantas aircraft at Melbourne Airport, 2023 [Schuetz/2PAXfly]

2PAXfly Takeout

Watch out for sales and special fares. The frequency and depth of discount may give us an indication of how much damage the fare hikes are doing to sales.

My suggestion is that if you know your travel dates, and are tied to Qantas – book before next Friday. Alternatively, take your chances on sales promotions, or the almost mythical pre-Christmas double status credits offer!

Alternately, book a cheaper airline.

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