I don’t mean particularly expensive. They just often don’t make sense.
I’m looking at booking my next flight from London to wherever. I’m checking out flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Australia and Japan (Osaka and Tokyo). The prices of these trips, on the whole, make sense when you stack them against each other mile for mile.
However, one of my options is Bangkok via Doha, Qatar. Now, I’ve not been to Qatar before so it would be nice to see the place – and 1hr 50 minutes just isn’t enough. The problem with booking via websites, though, is that you can’t negotiate extended stopovers and you never know if you’ll be able to after you’ve booked.
So the next logical step is to manually check the options by splitting the flight. Here are the details I got using Kayak.co.uk although I’m sure I’d get similar mad figures from Expedia or wherever else:
Gatwick to Doha: Â£310 (Turkish Airlines)
Doha to Bangkok: Â£254 (Gulf Air)
All well and good, and you kind of expect that in a way. However, what makes no sense whatsoever is the cost of Qatar Airways’ flight from Gatwick to Doha. Bear in mind, this is the exact same flight I’d be on were I to take the route via Doha.
Yes. Â£873. That’s around 2-and-a-half times more than it costs to fly for further, on the same route, on the same plane, with the same airline.
What I may do is contact Qatar Airlines and say I’m planning on getting the Bangkok ticket and if it’s possible to extend my stopover. If I get a quick reply, I should be able to buy the original ticket, then contact them direct again to get them to change it.
I’ll let you know how it goes!
Actually, it reminds me that Andy told me last year he paid about half the cost for a flight to the US from the UK… going via Australia.
Quick Update: Going onto Qatar Airlines own page and booking a multi-part trip, I got the price down to Â£464. This was without using the rather insane option of going from Doha to Bangkok via Frankfurt or London… I’m still going to try to contact them to see if it would be cheaper to buy the original ticket and then change the second leg. Only I’m struggling to get their “Contact Us” page to work properly.