Qantas is making changes to the supervision fees associated with booking domestic and international travel for unaccompanied minors.
Prices for domestic flights will now be charged $50 per direction rather than per booking. For example:
- An unaccompanied minor flying Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney will pay $100 in total for unaccompanied minors fees. $50 for the Sydney-Melbourne flight, and $50 for the Melbourne-Sydney flight.
- An unaccompanied minor flying Sydney-Hobart (via Melbourne) - Sydney (via Melbourne) will pay $100 for unaccompanied minor fees.
Pricing for international will be also charged per direction rather than per booking. The fee is $90 per direction. For example:
- An unaccompanied minor flying Sydney-Los Angeles-Sydney will pay $180 in total for unaccompanied minor fees. $90 for the Sydney-Los Angeles flight, and $90 for the Los Angeles-Sydney flight.
This is the first change to unaccompanied minor booking fees since they were introduced in 2014.
This change brings Qantas in line with other domestic and international airlines, which charge per direction.
The services provided to unaccompanied minors include: additional administration at airports, immigration and security processing for international flights, onboard assistance and a ground staff escort at the airport for connecting flights. In some ports, dedicated waiting rooms for unaccompanied children are also provided.
Note that, in addition to the above supervision fee, there is an additional service fee of A$50 for domestic flights and A$90 for international flights per unaccompanied minor per direction for unaccompanied minor bookings made at the airport.