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Year: 2014

Qantas can’t add up – emails wrong fare price for London flights.

Given the difficulties it has had with its budget, you would think that Qantas would be hard at work on its mathematics capabilities. Apparently not. Today I received two emails. One with very low prices for London fares in all classes other than economy, in fact making it cheaper to go to London than to go to New. Nine hours later it issued this correction: Yep, in the space of 9 hours your economy fare to london got $4 more expensive, your Premium fare got $303 cheaper, your business fare got $1086 more expensive, and first class will cost you a whole $6 more. Wish I’d booked in business to London this morning. I could have saved over...

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Your chance to live on a plane!

AirBnB and KLM seem to have teamed up to offer you a chance to stay on a plane at Schiphol Airport at the end of November 2014. Not sure it looks like my cup-of-tea. I was thinking more of a retro stay with swan chairs and cocktails. Read the fine print to enter Better get in quick – stay dates are 28, 29 and 30 November...

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Does late arrival give you more of a chance of an upgrade?

I arrived at the Sofitel Melbourne, Australia a week or two ago around 8pm. I had booked a fairly standard room for a single Tuesday night. On checking in, I got an upgrade to a suite. I could have had 5 of my best Melbourne friends round for dinner, given that the suite had a dining room table seating 6, and a lounge with enough room for the same. You can see the size compared to standard rooms on the fire exit map (or room envy map as I think of it). I think I have only stayed at one other Sofitel this year (in Brisbane, for a night), but I do have a Silver  Le Club card. So, is it the status (lucky to be near the top of the tree that evening), or the late arrival (stuck all the other pax in standard rooms, and only had better rooms left) that got me the upgrade? Also – why is it that you always get upgrades, when your travelling alone, and for a stay of less than 12 hours, or is that just a kind of Murphy’s law? I might just start flying out on later flights and see . ....

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Pay me not to use Knee Defender – don’t throw me off a flight

If you havn’t noticed the great debate about the Knee Defender – which stops the person in front of you on a flight reclining their seat, and got two passengers thrown off a flight in the USA recently, then read this article in the NYTimes.  People get awful upset about this stuff – but here is a kind of economically rationalist view: “The economists Anne Case and Christina Paxson advanced the theory that tall people earn more because they have higher I.Q.s. Taller men on the dating website OkCupid receive more messages from women and have more sex partners than their short counterparts. Instead of counting their blessings, or buying extra-legroom seats with some of their extra income, the tall have the gall to demand that the rules of flying be reconfigured to their advantage, just as everything else in life already has been. Sometimes — one Upshot editor who shall remain nameless included — they even use the Knee Defender to steal from their fellow passengers. Now that’s just wrong.” Read the full Josh Barro article here: Don’t Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay...

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Nick Xenophon gives a great summary of the decline of Qantas

Independent Senator from SA gives a great roundup of the Joyce years at Qantas. Joyce has earned $22.2 million as chief executive and in the 2012-13 financial year his $5.1 million package matches the combined salaries of the Cathay, Singapore and Air New Zealand chiefs. Shareholder value seems inversely proportional to Joyce’s pay packet. Qantas shares today are worth 40 per cent less than when Joyce took over.  Read the full article: Qantas chief Alan Joyce has plenty of questions to...

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