Ashes batsmen to dictate flight prices down under
If you’re thinking about booking a trip to Australia in the near future, don’t waste your time checking sites like HotUKDeals for bargain air fare deals – keep your eye on the scoreboard at Lords over the next couple of days instead.
British Airways and Qantas are running a joint promotion where the first innings scores of England and Australia determine their prices and the number of seats in the promotion.
For example, if the Aussies score 350 runs then the fare between England and Australia will be £350. If England score 500 (which looks unlikely after the first day), it means there will be 500 seats included in the offer.
Stephen Thompson, of Qantas, said: "There's always a traditional friendly rivalry between the Brits and Aussies during the Ashes and this promotion will ensure the second npower test is even more of an exciting showdown." The companies ran a similar offer during the 2005 Ashes and all tickets sold out in less than half an hour.
The airlines say the offer should be available on their websites from July 21st, by which time England will probably be looking down the barrel of another Ashes series defeat. So if you do travel down under on the back of this deal, expect the Aussies to sledge the living daylights out of you once you’re there.