Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Ticket to Bangkok

Today should find me in Bangkok boarding a ship for a cruise to Rome.

Mr Geniaus and I should have flown into Bangkok a couple of days ago on Qantas, as we used frequent flier points for our flight I was not aware of the one-way fare from Sydney to this destination. A quick enquiry of the Qantas website (9/3/2014) shows me that a one way economy fare would be $AU928.


An article on Trove tells me that the same flight 60 years ago in 1954 would have cost £142/10 the equivalent of $AU284.08.

1954 'CUT IN OVERSEA TOURIST AIR FARES.', The Mercury(Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 1 March, p. 19, viewed 9 March, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27199985
Wikianswers tells me that "One Pound (Australian) in 1954 had the purchasing power of about $AU30.13". So if today's airfare had kept pace with the inflation rate one would be paying approximately $AU 4279 for a one way trip to Bangkok.

No wonder Qantas is going broke.

This post was prepared in advance of my holiday on 9/3/2014 because I may be too busy to blog on holiday

1 comment:

Kerryn Taylor said...

Not even double, that is incredible! I bet the prices of most other things has multiplied more than triple fold since then.
Have a great holiday.

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