Manni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2711 times:
Q is the lowest fare possible. Even in economy you have a lot of different fare calculations. Someone sitting next to you holding a Y ticket could be 3 times more than you with your Q ticket. Some frequent flyer programs do not give you miles when your travelling on a Q ticket. In case of a upgrade, the gate agent would rather take the person with the Y ticket than the person with the Q ticket.
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
The gate agent is hardly concerned with the class of the ticket where coach/economy class is concerned. If you have a confirmed ticket you will fly no matter what how much you paid for it. The different classes in coach are there to extract as much yield as possible. The cheaper the fare the more restrictive it is. For example the Q class will make you stay away for at 5 days but not less than three and your stay will have to include a Sunday (the famous Sunday rule !). If you wish to return the next day you will have to purchase a Business class fare.
Unitedflyer1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
Fare codes are not universal!
it varies by airline
lowest is U
next is L
then B or M (not sure which first)
Q is most definately not the cheapest fare, actually it has a considerable cost, but nothing like Y.
USflt1778 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 268 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
"Q" in a fare calc is used to designate a fuel surcharge. These surcharges were started with the rise of jet fuel a year or two ago, and with few exceptions they are still being levied despite cheaper fuel costs.
A sample fare calc line would show this charge as "Q18.60", where the surcharge for the one-way trip is $18.60. Most carriers levy a charge of approximately $20 each way, so this really adds up!
Other items that might be displayed are:
US: U.S. Taxes
ZP: Segment fees
XF: PFCs (Psgr Facility Charges) that are levied by some airports
XT: Total Taxes
Jessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2591 times:
Delta calls it a "miscellaneous surcharge" They made a big deal about the money they were saving by hedging fuel, and some of even the lowest fares didn't have them, those that did have them ranged from 5-18 dollars each direction, and so it wasn't consistent, just a part of the fare rule.