Flight Centre, Australia's leading travel agency group has urged travellers to consider finalising flight arrangements before April 28 to beat the latest fuel surcharge increases.
Flight Centre Limited (FLT) global executive general manager – marketing Colin Bowman said a traveller planning to book Qantas flights to Europe would save $200 on a return flight by simply paying in full before the airline's surcharge increased next week.
Mr Bowman said travellers planning to book Qantas flights to other international destinations could also save significant dollars by beating the April 28 ticketing deadline.
"Fuel surcharges are confusing to travellers but are simply airfare price increases," he said.
"In this instance, travellers have a relatively short window to lock in a cheaper price before the surcharges increase on April 28.
"The savings are reasonable, so it is certainly worth considering weighing up the value of booking and paying now."
The surcharge increases will see travellers pay $290 each way on flights to the UK or Europe, compared to the current $190 each way surcharge.
Travellers flying to mainland USA destinations or Canada will pay $250 each way in fuel surcharges.
Qantas's surcharges to Europe and the UK have now tripled since the start of February 2011.
Over the same two-month period, surcharges to mainland USA have increased from $85 each way to $250.
"The good news for travellers is that, even with the recent fuel surcharge increases that airlines have announced, international airfares remain highly affordable by historical standards," Mr Bowman said.
"For example, Flight Centre is currently offering return fares from Sydney to Los Angeles from $939 or to London from $1588."