Airlines have always been escalating prices on economical international flights for spring and summer travel. Since 1992, The Office of International Aviation and the U.S. Department of State and have pursued an open-skies” policy designed to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making about routes, capacity, and pricing in international markets.
First, the audit guidance asserts that in order to comply with the revised travel cost principle, the contractor’s policies and procedures should provide for advance planning of travel to assure that the lowest priced airfare available to the contractor for flights during normal business hours is documented and utilized as the baseline for allowable airfare costs”.
Melbourne’s International and Domestic terminals are connected; after entering the Arrivals Hall, turn right and make your way upstairs to the first floor to Virgin Australia check in area to check in your bags and receive boarding pass for your domestic flight if you are not holding one already.
For International Connecting Flights the check in starts 03 hours prior to the departure time and closes 60 minutes (75 minutes in case of Dubai and Kabul) prior to departure time and for domestic flights the check in starts 02 hours prior to the departure time and closes 45 minutes prior to the departure time.
When we break the study down by region, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s no one size fits all” approach, though the data does show some international destinations benefiting more from long-term planning and others not needing that kind of lead time.