All right, I have done the exercise of valuating my points. In the last few years, I had:
The interesting bit of the exercise is to put a value to each of those items, and that's very personal. Let's take a Y -> J upgrade on SYD->LHR. It would cost thousands of $$ of ticket value, but I wouldn't pay that much with my own pocket. I tried to put a dollar value, thinking how much I would have been happy to pay for the upgrade, and also, how much I would have accepted for the equivalent downgrade. Yes, those two numbers should be equal for a perfectly rational brain; it took me a few iterations to get those numbers to converge to the same value. I came up with 350AUD. I guess that's probably lower than most of the aff members
- 4 domestic awards
- 8 international long haul upgrades
- 3 flights points+pay
- 1 hotel points+pay
Anyway, I found out that my point valuation is between 0.30 cents and 1.1 cents, with an average at 0.54.
At least my hotel booking mentioned above was at 0.73 according to my own value (and would be higher according to the advertised price)
But ... woolies gift card is at 0.53
just curious do you have really good status with Qantas? I kinda assume an upgrade just wont happen and always look to just do points + cash to get the seat in the class i want to end up in, are upgrades actually in the realms of possibility ?
a long time ago in a qld regional city I had far better upgrade success when i travelled WITH Mrs Albattross. Over the years we lived there she had been involved in the birthing experience of a number of the QF check-in staff. So when she did fly they treated her well. Then I learned even if she wasn't flying I had her come to the check-in counter with me. I was getting 100% upgrade success in those days before computer algorithms.Further elements of the lottery results; my experience is that upgrades seem 10x easier to come by if travelling alone rather than with a partner,
Sorry I missed the response.Also, I apologise that I didn't answer half of your question @Pom-DownUnder - I am platinum and I do find upgrades easy to come by. It is significantly harder for a Bronze member to get upgrades. I find status about as important as points in effectively making use of a large points balance, sometimes to beat the bank you have to take care of both parameters - having just a lot of points or just a lot of SCs doesn't really give the optimal point redemption opportunities unless you don't mind flying in Y.
Sorry I missed the response.
By points + cash I mean classic reward, I should have been clearer about that
my remit is basically going home to uk every other year, as my wage progresses perhaps once per year but we will see how things go! so my main concern is getting access to a class I could not otherwise afford to travel in, rather than maximising value per point.
I know this is slightly off topic, but ... is there a way to combine the ticket that flights are on if you do some reward / some just regular cash purchase separate initially?
yea i currently have SIN -> UK and UK - SYD Booked,You can get creative and do things Like pay for Au to Singapore return and then rewards from Singapore. Or book early and go via Hong Kong etc.
can I call qantas / qatar and roll the tickets together incase of delays / cancellations etc
do i just get to SIN super early and leave spare room for foul ups (the current plan)
Yea I believed that was the case, i'm planning to leave about 8 hours spare so that worst case I can dive on a different flight / airline, fingers crossed not til JuneIt's not possible to protect two separate PNRs from a misconnect due to late inbound arrival.
Yes, this is the best course of action. Preferably arrival a day prior.