Free vehicle travel on Spirit of Tasmania, 1 March - 30 June 2021

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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 07:14

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 07:14
Hi Bazooka,

This all sounds great, but someone on another site posted a comparison of the passenger fares. They have increased the cost of the passenger fares by an equivalent amount, so it is only a few dollars cheaper. I have not confirmed this as fact, but from the comparison they posted, it would appear to be a “sales gimmick”.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 07:51

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 07:51
I wonder I’d this is true?

Sounds like what Kogan did recently on one of their so called sales until the ACCC became involved and took it to court.

They were fined Millions.

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 09:53

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 09:53
It's possible Macca. I'd have thought that fares increase regularly as costs rise.

As the ABC article says, taxpayers have kicked in $6M to subsidise the vehicle transport costs. Not sure why that aspect of the ferry was singled out other than the fact that it's an easy way of targeting mainlanders. It's first come first served in case people don't read the detail.
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Follow Up By: Member - john y - Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 17:53

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 17:53
You also need to carefully check the return dates as I believe it may be difficult to obtain early bookings. Regardsjohn y
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 07:55

Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 07:55
No idea if same person, but the person I saw doing the comparison actually did it for different time periods, so it’s never going to be the same as the fares differ all the time depending on travel dates
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Follow Up By: GarryR - Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 06:33

Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 at 06:33
Judy and I have booked the boat to go over in March (my first break in 18 months). We could not get our wanted leave Melb date but, managed to get on 3 days later. We were planning on staying 3 weeks and return on the 27th March but guess what. NO available places on the boat for vechiles till mid April for return. We have now cut our trip to 10 days to get a return place on the boat. As for passanger fares, no change for us. You need to read their calendar carefully to see if you are in low fare or mid fare times, as I noticed the fares go up for school and public holidays. It also applies to whether you are doing a day time or night time sailing. Oh... and no pensioner discount when we applied. It cost us $531 for 2adults return fare inc booking fee and GST with no cost for the ute
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Reply By: Alan H11 - Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 09:25

Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 09:25
Good opportunity! Now all we have to do is get to the Big Island...
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Reply By: baznpud - Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 09:41

Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 09:41
We made a booking for 2020, over on 12th June and return on 12th September and the cost was $1948.78, trip was cancelled. Have just done a dummy run for 2021, over on 21st June and return on 18th September, and the cost was $1797.00. So is the discount for vehicle only, and as soon as you say you're towing a van you are charged the full amount.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:30

Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:30
From the FAQs Baz:
Will caravans, motorbikes and other vehicles be covered too?
Yes, all eligible passenger vehicles will receive reduced fares. A standard car, campervan/motorhome less than 2m wide and up to 6m in length, motorbike or pushbike will pay zero for their vehicle fare. If you are travelling with a vehicle greater than 2m wide and 6m in length, a discount equivalent to that of a standard car with be applied.

Obviously they want to encourage people who will presumably spend on accommodation as well as peripherals (food, fuel etc).
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