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BA To Offer Fares Based On Cricket Scores  
User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

According to BBC Radio 2 - and I've been unable to find anything to back this up - BA are going to offer fares from London to Sydney or Melbourne based on the cricket scores between England and Oz, with the price being determined by Oz's score and the number available based on England's score. Now, I can't stand cricket and don't even understand the scoring system, but the presenters guesstimated that there would be maybe 200-250 tickets priced at GBP200-GBP250 each - compared to around GBP600 currently. Being BA, this probably excludes taxes so add around GBP120 taxes onto that.

Can anybody be more specific? Links? Comments?

Geoff M.

[Edit: Good old Google News - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1768340,00.html]

[Edited 2005-09-07 19:04:23]

27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

On the BA Website:

"To celebrate the climax of one of the most thrilling Ashes test series in history, British Airways is offering hundreds of flights to Australia for the price of an innings.
On Thursday 8th September, British Airways will offer seats on its routes from London to Sydney and Melbourne for the equivalent price of Australia’s first innings in the Ashes decider at the Oval.
British Airways commercial director Martin George said: “We have been bowled over by the interest from customers and staff alike and we want to show our support for the England team.
“We’re hoping for a great match on Thursday, with Australia bowled for a low score and great prices for our customers into the bargain.”
A special phone line will open immediately after both sides have completed their first innings. The number to dial is 0870 850 2427 tickets will be restricted to a maximum of two per caller.
Ends
Notes to Editors:
- The number of tickets available will be the same as England’s first innings total
- World Offers current return fare to Sydney is £649 and Melbourne is £639"


User currently offlineWhiskeyHotel From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3954 times:

Here's to a low-scoring match!

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

I burst out laughing when we got told this at the morning shift brief at work.

We could really do well, or we couls lose a lot of moeny.

Oh well, lets hope, well lets hope something as it confuses the hell out of me. Thnak god our office in NCL is taking the calls,


User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2092 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Will they split the number of seats offered to Men and Women depending of the number of "maiden" overs  bigthumbsup 

Will the flight have a lunch and tea break, or bring your own sandwiches?


User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5148 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

I presume these will be for travel in the off peak season of NOV and FEB/MAR next year?

User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1322 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

smiled when i heard this. quite gimmicky (and risky), but england is cricketing mad atm, so may be a smart move PR-wise!!

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

Come on England, get em out for 50! Big grin

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 1):
On the BA Website

Hmm. Not in the Special Offers section when I looked... (goes looking again)... ah, I see, in the press releases.

Quoting ANstar (Reply 5):
I presume these will be for travel in the off peak season of NOV and FEB/MAR next year?

In the link I posted, which a.net screwed up, it says "Seats on routes from London to Sydney and London to Melbourne from September 19 to March 31, excluding departures between December 9 and 23, will be up for grabs as soon as the second team finishes batting in the first innings.". Corrected link is http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1768340,00.html but there are other stories too.

I can't see BA losing much money in this. Even ignoring the fact that we're usually crap at cricket, at the most BA stand to "lose" around £125,000 in direct ticket losses (based on guesstimated figures above) - but the marketing potential could be worth more. Let's face it, send a cheapo press release or post some hugely expensive ads on billboards and on TV?

Geoff M.


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

Get em out for 50??! Hell no! Get em out for 25! I'm so looking forward to buying a couple of those seats myself

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Id be surpirsed if any one here got thru. The line is going to light up like a xmas tree. I have a feeling lots of people will call us at Customer support as well lol

User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

Trekser

I'll be the first in line calling u in CR, if i don't get at least 5 seats


User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Good job it wasn't on tonights football score Sad

Northern Ireland 1 = £100 return

England Nil = Nil seats available



One day you are the pigeon, the next the statue ...
User currently offlineZanadou From South Korea, joined Nov 2000, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

And.... if Australia win.... here's the opposite Big grin :

Source: http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,16534312-31037,00.html

BA offers flights for an innings
From: AAP

September 08, 2005

IF Australia's cricketers bundle England out for a paltry first innings in the Ashes decider, get set for a rush on flights to Britain. But the rush has nothing to do with Australians eager to witness the fifth Ashes Test starting in London tonight Australian time.

British Airways will offer flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London for prices equivalent to England's first innings total in the final Test.

If the Poms are scuttled for 150, the cost of a flight from Sydney or Melbourne to London will be £150 ($361.66).

And the number of tickets at the Ashes price will be set by Australia's first innings total in the London Test – if Australia makes 400, for example, then 400 tickets will be offered.

The deal has been launched to match British Airlines' UK offer which gives UK residents the chance to buy tickets for the price of Australia's first innings.

"Fair is fair, and just as our UK staff want to show support for the England team, we'd like to show our support for the Australian team, the British Airways marketing manager South West Pacific, Suzie Hayes, said.

"With London as our home hub, we'll be thrilled if England win but if they're bowled out for a low score, our Australian customers will be getting an absolute bargain."

A phone line dedicated to the Ashes offer, 1300 767 177, will open at 9am AEST Monday and tickets will be restricted to a maximum of two a caller.


--->Zanadou! Big grin


User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Really, really, stupid question, but at what time (GMT) is the cricket expected to finish? I know absolutely nothing about the game, but the gf and I will be standing by the phone if we know a rough time for the end of the game  Smile

User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

England are currently batting in their first innings, the first innings for the two teams would usually take around two days to complete. Currently the teams are at lunch (don't know if they are just getting a deli bag each!)

User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2966 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

Well, the reports predict a high scoring match, and it has been a great Ashes series as well. Shame to see McGrath and Warnie on their last Ashes though! I wonder if BA will do the same for the England tour of India as well.


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User currently offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

I'll be waiting by the phone at 9am on Monday.
Current score: England - 3/120 (29.2)

Comon Aussies! Get them out before 200  Smile


User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2966 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Warne is at his Hollywood best it seems. Great match already to cap off a great series!


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User currently offlineN323ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Latest score Aussies 112/0


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User currently offlineSchooner From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

To be honest, I would be happy if it p!ssed it down for the whole of the match, as long as we win the Ashes everything else is secondary!!


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User currently offlineNcfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Quoting Schooner (Reply 20):
To be honest, I would be happy if it p!ssed it down for the whole of the match, as long as we win the Ashes everything else is secondary!!

Spot on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It would be worth paying the full fare just to go and give the aussies some grief.

Will the 373 tickets be return or single?


User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 950 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

Looks like the latest fares from Ryanair and Aer Lingus are based on the Irish cricket team's performances  Smile

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

Ireland have a cricket team?  Wink

User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 950 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 23):
Ireland have a cricket team?

Yep and they're in the Cricket World Cup in 2007. They'll be playing Pakistan in the West Indies on St Patrick's Day in that tournament. Or at least trying to play...


25 Zizou : Virgin Atlantic is doing something similar here in Australia, based on the number of wickets Shane Warne takes
26 Barcode : Little chance of getting through. We called precisely one hour after the first innings ended, the phone was set to redial. One hour and a half later,
27 Geoffm : There were about 370-ish tickets for about the same number of UK pounds. Plus BA taxes. Plus BA fuel surcharge. Plus BA executive boss' bonus. Which e
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