tullamarine wrote:RyanairGuru wrote:I noticed that in yesterday's VA 'happy hour' sale every single fare had a travel period until late January, i.e. during the current/upcoming school holidays. I look at the 'happy hour' deals every week, and needless to say the deals are generally for travel in March, May etc, the slow travel months.
Am I reading too much into this, or is this a sign that forward bookings for this summer are very soft? Be it border uncertainty or people having already committed to local/drive holidays, I wonder if airlines are seeing weaker than expected demand.
I think you may be right. Lots of people from NSW and Victoria are nervous that the Qld border may snap shut on them and either leave them without a holiday or forced into quarantine during their holiday. VA,JQ and QF are probably guessing demand based on prior years but they know it is fluid at best.
Some of the rules make no sense. You have to get a PCR 3 days before arrival which is fair enough but you need a second test on Day 3. If I'm holidaying on Hamilton or Hayman Islands, where exactly do I go to get this test for the whole family? Even if I'm in Cairns where there are testing stations nearby, I may not be thrilled losing up to a day of my holiday waiting for test result given I assume you have to isolate between the time you take the test and get the result.
My parents went through this when they did UK Spain months ago. In the end the vacation was stressful because they were running around trying to get tests done. Plus the cost of all the tests was equivalent to the flights.
I want to travel but until it’s a “vacation” I am staying put. Sorry Qantas and Virgin!