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Aussie business class flyers slapped with eye-watering fares in Los Angeles

Business class flyers are slapped with extremely high ticket prices to Los Angeles when flying from Australia. This is due to an increase in demand, high jet fuel prices, an influx of vengeful travellers, industry-wide understaffing, and airlines taking a much-needed toll. repair.

Australian business class travelers better have a damn good reason to fly to Los Angeles right now, with return ticket prices for flights from Sydney to Los Angeles currently between $21,000 and $26,000. $.

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Hawaiian Airlines is a bit cheaper, with some business class flights costing $12,000 (with a 6 hour layover). You also have the option of flying with United/Virgin Australia on a nonstop flight for $16,000. Beyond that, you have the option of flying with Air New Zealand, with a 3.5 hour layover, for $12,000.

If you can rock it with your dates, you also have the option of flying with Fiji Airways and Qantas, with a 2.5-hour layover, for $9,651.

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Prices for round-trip business class tickets to Los Angeles from Sydney before the pandemic were normally around $5,000 to $10,000. So what’s going on? There are many factors at play. First and foremost is demand. When travel demand is particularly high, as it has generally been since we got rid of COVID restrictions, and as it seems to be over the next two months in particular, prices go up.

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It is however not as simple as that. Part of the problem is that while some of us are still stingy, there are other people who book tickets who are happy to spend more on travel.

This phenomenon of “revenge travel” is defined as people who have been emotionally affected by the shutdowns, who have a deep desire to travel, are very spontaneous, and are willing to spend more money than they previously would have ( thus helping to keep prices high for the rest of us). Cheers guys.

Then there is the matter of rising fuel prices, a trend made worse by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As the FRG recently said: “Jet fuel now accounts for up to 38% of an airline’s average costs, up from 27% in the years leading up to 2019.”

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Finally, airline staffing issues (airlines have been forced to lay off workers during COVID, and some of them have no desire to return) and the need for balance sheet repair mean that airlines charge a pretty penny for flights at this point – in all classes.

While it’s unclear how long these wild prices will last, we can derive some hope from Stephen Tracy, COO of Milieu Insight, who told the FRG: “The rise in prices is a short-term phenomenon” and that they are “fairly confident” that they will go down again.

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