An airfare deal that's just 'cricket'
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Cricket fans around the world have been glued to their television sets for this year's Ashes competition, which has seen Britain and Australia battle it out in five exciting test matches in Australia.
Now, British and Australian flag-carriers British Airways and Qantas are offering something for those looking to follow the Ashes back to Britain: promotional fares linked to the score of the final (Sydney) test.
Both carriers will be watching the highest single innings total of their respective teams and converting it to a discount for an economy fare between Sydney and London.
As a rough guide, test cricket innings are normally 300 to 400 runs - in the 2006 Sydney Test match, England managed 291 runs, which would have meant AUD291 ($297) off for BA customers, while Australia managed 393 runs which would have equalled a AUD393 ($401) discount for Qantas flyers.
Both airlines will offer 250 tickets at the promotional prices from midday on 8 January, with BA's valid for travel from Sydney to London between February 1 and March 31 and from May 1 through May 31, 2011, and Qantas' between February 1 and March 31, 2011.
The Sydney-London hop, known affectionately as the "Kangaroo Route," has been in operation since the 1930s and remains one of the world's longest air routes, as well as one of the priciest.
In recent years, established airlines have faced increased competition from Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates, which celebrated its tenth year of operation to Sydney in 2010.
According to travel planning site Tripbase, pricing for the route ranges from $1,435 to $1,985.
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