An estimated 30,000 faithful Dockers fans paid more than $35 million in airfares to get to Saturday's historic but heartbreaking grand final.
With bookmakers tipping Fremantle will make their second grand final appearance next year, airlines are bracing for a rush on seats when bookings for September 2014 go live for some carriers next month.
Fanatical Dockers fan Rachel Pepper, of Victoria Park, who made the pilgrimage with her family, said she would be booking as soon as possible.
"We were all discussing it just after the game," Ms Pepper said.
"And if we don't make it . . . well, that is not likely to happen."
And that sentiment was widespread, Ms Pepper said. "Many purple fans were saying see you next year as we parted company."
At Patersons Stadium yesterday to welcome home the Dockers, Karen Tate, of Hamilton Hill, said she would be booking as soon as possible.
"I am forever the optimist and there is every chance the Dockers will be there next year," she said. "I'll be booking fares as soon as they go on sale."
The one-way fares should start at about $267 with Qantas, $219 on Virgin, $180 on Jetstar and $109 on Tiger Airways.
The low-cost airlines' flights will not, however, be on sale for September 2014 until much later in the year, with bookings opening typically eight months ahead.
Industry sources said yesterday that the fans paid an average of $1200 return and that "was probably on the low side".
Yesterday, almost 90 flights brought Dockers fans home. All flights from Melbourne today and tomorrow are booked out.
The stream of returning flights started early yesterday and throughout the day there were about 20 flights in the air, en route to Perth, at any one time.
Charters using shorter range jets were forced to go via Adelaide or Kalgoorlie, or both, for fuel because of strong headwinds.Many Dockers fans had to get home via Sydney, Brisbane or Canberra. The big-end of town did it in style, with many long-range corporate jets returning to Perth from Melbourne.