Eagles fans are seething over the price of flights from Perth to Melbourne to watch the AFL grand final.
As of Monday morning, fans wanting to head east on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday after the game were severely disappointed, with all flights completely booked out.
Qantas are believed to be organising a number of extra flights, but at what cost?
During the Eagles’ crushing win over the Demons on Saturday, the price of flights from Perth to Melbourne absolutely skyrocketed.
Are the Eagles home? One West Coast fan thinks so and he's already looking up flights to Melbourne on his laptop at the game! https://t.co/2Qe5UoQW9n #AFLEaglesDees #AFLFinals pic.twitter.com/T6iikEa4TN
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) September 22, 2018
One fan took to Twitter to blast the ‘absolute disgrace’ he was facing, posting a screenshot of a potential $3369 ticket EACH WAY.
— Scott miller (@Scott_milla92) September 22, 2018
For most flights, economy tickets jumped from about $600 to $1000 one way.
Virgin Australia, the AFL’s official airline, were advertising prices from between $1618 and $2378 at one stage.
So price gouging has already started. These flights were over half the price 3 weeks ago. Well done @Qantas @VirginAustralia time to put on some more flights. #AFLFinals #WestCoastEagles pic.twitter.com/jNRUuI6ioS
— Rick Goody (@rickgmac) September 22, 2018
With tickets in such high demand once it became apparent that the Eagles were in, airlines naturally bumped up prices, as is the supply and demand model they work under.
Virgin and Qantas both rushed to add extra flights, but even the cheapest tickets forced punters to fork out around $1,000 return.
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And even then, you’d have to leave almost immediately after the game on Saturday and stop over in Adelaide for 20 hours on the way back.
According to Skyscanner, some flights to London or Paris were even cheaper than trying to get from Perth to Melbourne.
Luckily, for fans in Perth who can’t afford the flights or missed out on tickets altogether, they’ll still be able to watch the big dance in a stadium.
Optus Stadium has announced it will screen the game on its giant screens on Saturday.
“The first 2000 will be on the grass, if they choose to, the rest will be in the stands. Great viewing positions, great sounds,” Optus Stadium CEO Mike McKenna said.
Well played @VirginAustralia. Two price rises in 20 minutes while submitting my payment information for AFL grand final flights. I am still happy to be flying with you but that should have been a free kick for a bit high. #carnthepies
— Kel Henderson (@Kel_Hendo) September 22, 2018
— Peter 🏊🏼🚲🏃🏻 (@Ironman_peter) September 22, 2018
Forget about scalping Grand Final tickets – if you wanna cash in start scalping flights from Perth to Melbourne #AFLEaglesDees
— Mick Neven (@MickNeven) September 22, 2018
Cheapest Perth-Melbourne flight $1412, arrive Thursday – return Sunday for the Grand Final.
— Dylan Leach (@leachitup) September 22, 2018