I am planning a trip to SYD for March and just did a search for GPU-able fares. Normally I would just look for W fares but with PQD in mind, I also decided to look for other fares to see if there were any that were just slightly higher that I could purchase to get me closer to meeting the new PQD requirement. That is when I noticed what is in the table below (all fares are for JFK-SFO-SYD): Note that the V fare, which ranks higher in 'pecking order' than W, goes for $413 less than the W fare, while the Q fare is only $2 more than W. Being totally ignorant about how airline ticket costs are set, I have a few questions: does anyone have an explanation for why V should cost less when it is ranked higher than W? Does something like this happen very often? Would someone on a V fare that costs less than a W fare have higher U/G priority, everything else being equal?