Air fares to Australia on Qantas are set to rise effective February 18, when Australia’s national carrier hikes its fuel surcharge on international flights. The cost increase on your flight to Australia from the US will be approximately $30 each way.
Qantas blames rising jet fuel prices heightened by the unrest in Egypt for the increase in its fuel surcharge on air fares Australia – and indicated that the surcharge could be raised even higher in the near future. Flights to and from Europe to Australia are hardest hit by this increase, with an additional $50 added to the cost of a one-way ticket.
While raising prices may result in fewer passengers on the flights, the threat of continued higher fuel prices seems to be a greater concern.
Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost carrier for air fares within Australia and to New Zealand, will not follow Qantas Airways with higher fuel surcharges, but may increase some fares and / or increase checked luggage fees.
If you’re planning to travel to Australia within the next year, you can avoid paying the higher fuel surcharge by purchasing your air fares Australia before February 18. Once flights are ticketed, increased fees for fuel surcharges or taxes are not assessed.
AirBank offers low cost consolidator tickets on Qantas and the other airlines that fly to this region. Save now by finding your tickets for your air fares Australia and purchase them before the planned increase takes effect.