Is there any way to know what the difference in the fare is likely to be? Let's say you wanted to fly Melbourne to Darwin. Which flight should you book to ensure you are least out of pocket? Is there some sort of logic that can be applied to working out the value of the amex free flight?Okay, they replied to my email question. Basically, it is the same as before, except now booking through AMEX.
1. Book flight
3. Rebook at higher or equal
4. Pay applicable change fees/fare difference
Is there any way to know what the difference in the fare is likely to be? Let's say you wanted to fly Melbourne to Darwin. Which flight should you book to ensure you are least out of pocket? Is there some sort of logic that can be applied to working out the value of the amex free flight?
I didn't put enough energy into this one this year. Nearly ran out of time so booked something for DEC then cancelled it later. Absolutely refused, despite firm pressing from me, to hand over the associated VA credit shell insisting that the rebooking must be done via Amex, with the associated fee (27$ I think) and of course the cancel fee. The only reason I'd bother now is to get the SC's and a handful of FF.
Still left with the feeling I've been diddled here, I suspect that in fact there really is a VA credit shell hidden behind the scenes, I might try pushing from the VA end with the original booking details to see if I can win. Otherwise, it will all become a bit of a waste of time and will need to reconsider the value proposition of the card.
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Is the AMEX credit after the refund free to use as one pleases? or must be booked with VA? And can one uses it to book multiple flights instead of a return?
Just booked in two flights today... And here's what I've learned:
1. You can make a change the day you make the reward flight booking, with the change fees waived. Maybe this has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but I must've skipped over it.
2. I tried to change the flight destination to an airport not mentioned in the list (but that VA flies to) and they wouldn't let me
Totally fair, of course, but I'm still sulking
3. The rep was insistent that there would be no miles/SC's earned on the flights. The original flight was a non-upgradeable one.
I didn't actually go ahead with making any free changes, so I'm not sure if they would have actually booked it in as an upgradeable flexi or not - I'm guessing changes on the day maybe just go through into the same fare class? I'm still considering calling and changing my flight to one an hour earlier/later so I can upgrade
I have always received miles, not SC. As recent as November to New Zealand.