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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    NB, if anyone is not aware, currently one of the cheapest ways to book flights is to wait until Qantas has a sale, and then grab a sale fare from expedia.br or decolar - I can't be bothered going into the technical explanation so I'll just c & p what someone else has written below.

    Using this I have grabbed the above $500 return to Philippines fare for Sept, and got a $1010 MEL - London return for my girlfriend for Oct. Massive savings to be had...

    Hope this helps someone booking a holiday...

    As an FYI for everyone who does not know, the Brazilian government made a law/ruling that airlines cannot charge taxes and fuel levies on plane fares when booked in Brazil.

    This effects airlines such as Qantas. This law/ruling is usually managed by some smart cookie (ie. coder/XL file loader) determining if the purchaser is Brazilian and not charging them the taxes, otherwise it would apply.

    What happens here is that we have noticed that whenever Qantas has a special deal such as the one now or the Asian one that finished on 4 April 2013 recently, they forget to flag these special flights as requiring taxes for non Brazilian flight buyers.

    This means that a MEL-LHR-MEL flight that would normally have about AU$900 in taxes put against it, has $0. Having a sale at the same time just gives us icing on top of the cake.

    Please note that going to the Expedia dot com dot BR website for non sale Qantas flights will just give you standard prices as these would have been flagged properly.

    I myself will be flying MEL-SIN-MEL with some mates for the long weekend next week for AU$419 as a bit of a status run for myself (and some fun as well - double status points for me until 30 June).

    I hope this explanation helps.

    Regards
    Daniel
     
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  2. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Senior member

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    Any more popovers coming in to stock Rob?
     
  3. Romp

    Romp Senior member

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    Ive got about 120kgs of shirts sitting in customs right now

    popovers + camo shackets :)
     
  4. The Ernesto

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    Good stuff. Let us know when they are available.

    I have an urge for a popover.
     
  5. Journeyman

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    Interesting - thanks for that.

    Of course, I assume that Qantas will rectify the situation soon and there'll be no more cheap flights!
     
  6. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    Well, it's been going on all this year...
     
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    I assume it hasn't been immediately rectified because Qantas isn't the one who would be actually taking the hit, rather it would be governments.
     
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  8. Geoffrey Firmin

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    I used to know an octogenarian psychoanalyst who was amongst other things a C&W fiend. He used to play guitar and sing Achy Breaky Heart as a way to relax between consultations. Sadly he's gone west. Quite a dapper dresser as well.
     
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    lachy

    Good work. That feels to me as if it could have some blowback or bite you (anyone) on the bum. Its hard to imagine Qantas would let that slide by?

    I book with an agent who works from home. Always gets as good or better price than anywhere online and good service if anything has to be changed. I wouldn't do it myself online if it involved anything but standard routes and changeovers.

    In addition the agent has 80% of the time been able to come back prior to flight with a sales price that is much cheaper. That is the agent books in advance for say $1600 to Taiwan then a couple of months later - finds out in advance - agents get notified early - of special deals etc - the agent then books the same flights at lower price, say $1200, and cancels old tickets.

    edit:: I also must congratulate you on sending the GF to London while you go to Philippines. Good work. Has she twigged yet? Do you just get off in Manila and wave good bye?
     
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  10. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Senior member

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    I wonder if an alternative is to use a private network to use a Brazilian IP address to access expedia?
     
  11. fxh

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    Now thats the sort of thinking I like - give that bloke an extra Tim-Tam at morning tea.

    Or just get into a mates computer in brazil and book it - or VPN - or....
     
  12. lachyzee

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    If Qantas fix the bug that results in these cheap fares, then it won't matter whether you use a Brazilian IP or not. It's not related to that.
     
  13. Journeyman

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    Hmmm... I wonder if the work-around simply avoids the payment of taxes (such as airport levies and international passenger charges, which are paid to the airport and to the government, respectively), or whether it also avoids the payment of the rort known as a fuel surcharge, which often seems to be used by airlines as a way to increase fare prices by stealth.
     
  14. lachyzee

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    That's exactly right. What you are avoiding is fuel surcharge, not govt. taxes. The government is getting their cut, so they don't care.

    A further post on the subject:

    Daniel,

    Sorry but this is incorrect, you have to be careful with the language here. These fares do include all the government mandated taxes of travelling between the two destinations you have selected.

    What brazil has banned is the charging of fuel surcharges. This is NOT a tax. This surcharge goes directly on to the carriers bottom line. So smart airlines have to file a higher airfare in Brazil inclusive of all charges. Emirates historically has not charged fuel surcharges and just quotes the fare+government taxes.

    You are legitimately buying an advertised fare inclusive of all required government taxes. If Qantas is silly enough to stay down this road of exorbitant fuel surcharges (which are an everyday cost of running an airline) that is their decision, but the Brazilian government won't allow it.

    Here is the ozbargain thread discussing all of this:

    http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/100517

    Anyway, best to get in while the getting is good. Asia Sale ends today...http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/air...ght-specials/from-melbourne/economy/global/en
     
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    Matt had his picture taken for Broadsheet this morning - nothing like avoiding the rain

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    Lachye

    Did you see this?

     
  17. lachyzee

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    Yup I did, but I balance one bad experience against the many other people who have had success.

    Both myself and my girlfriend have been issued tickets by Qantas so I think we will be fine. If they were going to review it, it would be before tickets are issued.
     
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    Good to see that you've upped his pay and he can now afford socks.
     
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    Just a heads up mate, nearly all ticketing is completely automated.

    Given the contract-within-a-contract nature of airline tickets, Qantas are well within their rights to charge you the fuel surcharge between now and the date of departure.

    Ideally they won't as it's bad PR, but they can.

    Great job on the ticketing from brazil though! Very inventive. Abuse while you can :D
     
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