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Should Qantas Bring The Mystery Flights?  
User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Should Qantas australia bring back the "Mystery flights" back once again?

Sure did Ansett Australia and Qantas who both had "Mystery flight available for under 168.00aud for the day enywhere within the eastern coast citys of australia..

Recently since Sept/11 happen and aswell the sad news of Ansett employers that ansett know is history since the collaps of aviation history in australia.. Ansett australia is seaced since march 2002.

Behaps tho... if you dont no where to go next to a unown state then the Msytery flight was the great idea in that time... The programe stop in 2002 behaps because financial problems and the ending of ansett.

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

I've heard about them but it's pretty unclear to me. What exactly are they?
is it when you board a plane and it takes you to some random place for a day...???


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

It was a brilliant concept - you pay your money for a given region eg. State Capitals, East Coast or all Australia, and then a few days before your requested date of departure (I think it was 72 or 24 hours out) QF would call you and tell you where you're going - you could get hotel and car hire packages for longer stays as well. It was a good way for QF to fill up underperforming flights and unsold hotel capacity and make a bit of money on it.

I did one with Hazelton, down to Merimbula for the weekend, although I cheated and worked out where I was going from schedules based on the check in time they gave me.

User currently offlineChinaeastern From China, joined Apr 2004, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

SJ freedomair is actually doing the same thing from new zealand

User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4491 times:

Mystery flight that did run by ansett and qantas was just a normal trip.. u frst had to go to a travel agent u say i want a mystery flight they randamly choose whatever happens on the screen she or he will not tell u unless u adives where ur heading within 24hours time before departure... the mystery flight is just a fun way to travel... to do the mystery flight is u will need to get up 6am to travel and u would have come back home to ur city same day from 8pm so its a day trip and a normal trip thats all it is ur on aboard with the rest .. but that dosnt meant that because ur on a mystery flight dosnt mean that all the pasangers are allso on the same programe.. so i gues we dont have them anymore unless virgin blue takes the new mystery fligh up in board. hope that helps.

User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4460 times:

Mystery flights only was available eastern coast of australia.. the Msytery flight was just a day trip only.. for a sample if you live in sydney u could be traveling to queensland state or Victroria state.. no where els.. only was available one spot per booking... brisbane and queensland coast./sydney/canberra/melbourne/adelaide .

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Mystery flight weekend trips were available on all domestic routes - you paid extra for SA/NT/WA

User currently offlineAGrayson514 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

That sounds like fun! My friends Dad did something similar for his anniversary. He had my friends mom pack clothes for all occasions, sunblock, shorts, winter coat, and did't tell her where they were going until the got to the airplane! I think that'd be exiting. They ended up going to Belize, by the way, not Siberia (though personally I think Siberia would still be pretty cool). Anyway, the Ansett thing sounds like a good idea to me, as long as you could be sure of being somewhere nice.

~ Andrew Grayson

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User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4201 times:

Great  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Pitty tho the airline call: Ansett australia is not longer up in the air.. they had bad financials and could not go much longer but just they had to shut down the airline in march 2002 since ansett had the mystery flights and of course this airline had run for allmost 68years of aviation.

If use had an excitment Maystery flight tell us your story about it' for me i went 3 times on a mystery flight frst one was in 2000 and went with qantas on the mystery flight and head down to Melbourne city it was cold i was lucky enugh to had phone the agent 24hour before depature to know where i ws going or els i would had gone with my swimming gear in cold weather grins  Smile/happy/getting dizzy great programe it is.. Just to inform that Virgin blue australia could be havin a contract to the Msytery flights soon in the near future' watch this space.

User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Sorry but not a lot of the info about the old mystery flights given above is correct. The process was that you could only book it if the pseudo mystery flight number was available in the res system. The destinations were allocated by the airline by midday the day prior to travel. The pax then had to fone the airline afte midday the day prior to travel to be told where they were going.
There was no extra charge for South Australia or Western Australia. These destination werer used regularly as loads permitted. Also there was no guarantee that you would leave on a really early flight and return on a late one. However if it was possible to give people the maximum time away then it was done.
I did one with Ansett years ago when I lived in BNE and we got 2 hours in SYD!

User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

When i i went to a travel agent such as Flight centre' i ask them i want a mystery flight for in 1 weeks time' of course to do a booking such like this would at least take 3 to 5 working days to procceed' once we got our E-tickets the ticket does not say where your heading' it said departure from 6am and back home 7pm east' of course you would have to think it has to be anywhere within eastern coast' all they said was only runs on the eastern coast' if you live in perth then thats another story behaps how ever they did run the programe and times' BNE to SYD only takes 1hour 34minutes' i travel there oftern by qantas. and 2 or 3 hours BNE-MELB?

User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

On the mystery flights i did on QF, The destination was not known until the day before when i had to call them. The last one i did in 2000, we ended up in SYD which was not suprising given the extra capacity QF had put on for the Olympics that started later that week. I do know of people that had gotten seats to PER and even one to DRW. Excellant value for the $160 or whatever it was.

Given that the airfare structure in OZ in now based on one way fares, it is not likely to see these mystery flights return. The $160 price tag would get you a MEL-SYD-MEL ticket most times of the year anyway, with the benifit of knowing where you are going and being able to plan your time in the city you are visiting. Having said that, QF did have mystery flights available out of MEL over the easter weekend for under $200 (can't remember exactly) with all proceeds going to the Royal Childrens Hospital Appeal here in Melbourne. This was in conjunction with the scenic flights they had.


User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

no worries. yes well flight centre wouldnt not tell us even if it was a hint to where we suppose to be going on the (Mystery flight) Of course it was good value for money just 178.95AUD for the day wasnt too bad. Frst one i went with Ansett in 2000 and head to Sydney for the day' second was qith Qantas that took us both to Melbourne at 15degreess while we both only had one jumber and after all queensland is allways warm. later in the year i did one more more later in early 2001. until later late 2001 they had to stop doing those mystry flights (Unown why or its because sept11 attack and Ansett ending its history flight. sad news it was for Ansett airline.

We wrote a letter to the president of Qantas.. took a while to get a responds back regarding about is Qantas brining back the mystery flights once agian.. the letter simply said no. at this moment we just dont no as yet. But Virgin blue australian airline would most properly take the contract in the near future in 2006-2008

Virgin blue australia came to air in 2000' rapilly Virgin blue airline has grown to its lenth in what we would say that this airline is doing great . Thumps-up
I have a dvd of Virgin blue of a camera man grew filming every departure and landing while filiming it all on board and watching the pilots traveling to BNE-SYD-MELB and tasmania. it is not subtitle and not commentery just a lifes view of the airline.

User currently offlineAirSean From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

correct explanation V Jet. They were available out of Perth on any Ansett designated flight. Had one guy who lived in Kalgoorlie book a mystery flight which ended up going.............to KALGOORLIE! He was changed to SYD or MEL i think!

It is a shame they are no longer around, it gave people who could not afford a normal ticket the opportunity to experience flying.

Work out what you don't do well and don't do it!
User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

Would anyone knows here excat that if there is a new airline sometime in nov-dec 2004 a new airline for australia that will not be run by Qantas but only its own business, domestic travellers? I heard this in march but wasnt aware the news at the time.. Know we own Jetstar witch is run by Qantas. and if its true that the new airline is here late in 2004 i was told that it will be call (OZJET Australia airline)
Could this mean Behaps mystery flights could be back real soon. after all it was good for value for these who would wanted a day's trip.

User currently offlineAirSean From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Terminal688, that was Paul Stodarts' airline but they changed their mind when Jetstar was annonced. So unfortunately no mystery flights. I think they are a thing of the past. Airfares are so cheap now that people can fly to where they want for not much more than a mystery flight would cost.

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User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

no worries. thanks AirSean.

Well yes here in BNE' one way flight is 89.00
i remember that just before Ansett australia ends its doors... they had a compatition with qantas and virgin blue and that Ansett price was just 20.00 per person one way to BNE-SYD (online bookings). only one day for the 24hour period witch took the seats all full before hand.

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

I remember when Mystery Flights were $99. But you see guys there is no point to mystery flights now...

Why Spend $168 (which is what they increased too in 2000) when you can get cheap Internet fares for half the cost and have control over where you go and how long you are there?

That's why the airline's don't offer them. There is no longer a significant demand.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

Swiss Air Lines is still doing that, to all destinations within Europe! For € 50 i think.
You order on Friday, fly on Saturday... On the check-in counter they will tell you where you're flying to  Smile Pretty cool thing.

A friend of mine did it last month... he got ZRH-ARN-ZRH. Pretty good idea, I want to do it this summer.

regards, Florian

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User currently offlineLauda777 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3826 times:

Yeah that would be cool to go on one in Europe!
I went on a QF mystery flight on good friday this year all the money was going to the Royal Childrens Hospital here in Melb and we ended up in Sydney for the day cost $150.
We were placed on regular scheduled flights, however QF also do regular charity flights around easter out of Melbourne to places like Ayers Rock, Gold Coast and Longreach, I took the Ayers Rock flight 2 years ago which cost $350 all inclusive flights, coach tour and chance to climb Ayers Rock!!
Best part is every cent got donated to the hospital as everything was donated for the trip, QF donated a 737 for the day, BP donated fuel and all the staff including pilots volunteered their time  Smile
The following year took the Melbourne scenic flight, went for about an hour doing laps of the city in a 747-400 and walking around the cabin checking out the business and first class cabins  Big grin awesome!

We remind passengers all flights are non smoking, if you are caught smoking you will be asked to sit outside on the wing
User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3808 times:

The company I work for has a teambuild once a year, they charter an A320 and fly us to various destinations. We've been to Malaga/Cyprus in the last couple of years.

This year, they're keeping it a mystery and we won't find out where we're going until we're on the aircraft!! Looking forward to it - but nobody knows where we're going, what to pack or anything...

Being a travel company, it could be anywhere in the world - we send groups all over the world for short breaks so effectively it could be anywhere! Rumours are suggesting Switzerland or New York at the moment (!) but we won't know until we're on the plane!

We're off on 9th July, so a 'different' kind of trip report will follow!


User currently offlinePANAM_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4288 posts, RR: 83
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

As someone posted above given the availability of cheap internet deals there is probably not much need to offer such flights. That said I do miss them.

I have not taken a mystery flight since the early Eighties. My first flights were on these, they were operated by Eastwest Airlines and only cost between $6-$8. You could only book by phone and the airline would call you back a short time later to tell you what time to be at the airport the next day. The flights were operated by Fokker F-27's and you generally only were allowed to stay at the destination for the turnaround back to SYD or the flight after.

Destinations were always in Regional NSW like Dubbo, Parkes, Tamworth and Kempsey.

I was just a kid then and the crews knew I was taking these flights just for fun, which they always made it! I got full service, cockpit visits, jump seat for landing and ramp visits all in a time when airfares were very expensive in a highly regulated market!

An Ansett affiliate Air NSW also offered these flights using Canary Yellow F-27's. Then fares went up as Ansett and TAA got in on the act and time moved on. For $25-$40 you could end up almost anywhere on the East coast of Australia. Again, the conditions were very strict and time at destination limited. I didn't care though as I photographed every airplane on the ramp at the destination. Ansett was the best with B727, B737-200's and DC-9's. So long ago......

Anyway back to topic! Should Qantas bring back mystery flights? Given I never had the opportunity fly one of theirs I'd like the opportunity to do so.



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User currently offlineTerminal688 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

There was another Interesting trip and i think they still do or have they stop... Its not a mysteryt flight but its a advanger of Qantas australia flrying over the south-pole around . It would have to say that if you live in MELB you ccould have gone on a 747-400 plane to the south-pole and that it would be just a trip in mid air only... it will not stop there of course but it would have take round abouts for a while before heading back to the International airport in melbourne. One of my mates told me he went to that in 1998 and that all they did was take photos of south-pole in mid air. of course u would just have to have fun onboard with the rest of the poassangers who went to this advenger trip for the 18hour period.

and for the rest. because Mystery flights are no longer available so far round here in australia.. they have this thing about Air fair vouchers where u could spent 100.00 or more for whereever he or she likes to go as a tickect voucher present.

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