Thank You to everyone who responded to my request for good information. In particular the trip report by Gabrielchew was very helpful - I actually showed it to my clients who found the pictures and service observations very helpful and informative.
So. We booked the NZ
fare for their travel dates in May, and with the assistance of a great NZ
agent named Andrew in AKL
, secured row 22 and 23 in the upper deck to/from LAX
, and good Space Plus seats to/from SYD
A great fare better than UA
Y+ with the purchase of a RT ticket SYD
and a bit cheaper than QF
's service. The QF
A380 flights subsequently sold out/not available for the sale fare. Overall, very pleased with the booking and looking forward to their NZ
Just an observation because they could not afford Business Class anyway. DL
. Step up and match your competitors at least from LAX
fares are significatly higher than QF
, VA and UA
and way overpriced to originate from my clients origin point MCO
. We're talking several thousand dollars difference, so in view of continuing drops in international traffic (12% in November and December 2009) I would hope DL
would at least price themselves a bit more competitively. UA
offers a consistent business fare that is always lower than QF
or VA via SFO
, so DL
should also step up to be a more competitive price leader in the SYD
market. At least match your code-share partner VA from LAX
agent commented me to she doubted they would match any of the lower Business class fares and tongue-in-cheek remarked "If it fills up, we non-revs would have to ride in the back."
My point is this. My clients almost sprang for business at about $10,600.00 for 2 tickets. They would have flown on UA
would have lost over TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS in revenue they don't have right now.....4 months in advance of travel date.....and are priced thousands more with no fare sale match process. Come on ATL
. Cash flow?
Enough about DL
. Thanks again everyone for your feedback, and NZ
for handling my phone call with a genuine desire to be helpful to my clients. A class outfit.
watch what you want. you may get it.