BNE-CDG itinerary: BA Business or QF First?

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  1. mrsa

    mrsa Junior Member

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    #1 mrsa, May 23, 2006
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    May seem a silly question, but bear with me:

    Background:
    I'm going BNE-CDG (Paris) return next month.
    I'll get a business class flight.
    I'm QFF Gold status. This trip will retain that.
    I need to do some work and I need some sleep
    I don't really like the QF Business seats for sleeping (the angle doesn't really work for me)

    What are your (more experienced) thoughts on the following options:
    1. BNE-SIN (QF51), then SIN-LHR (QF9), then LHR-CDG: Good because I can (hopefully) upgrade the SIN-LHR leg to First on points, but bad because I don't like the Business seats on the BNE-SIN leg. ALso the Airbus on that leg often has electrical problems ... my laptop has run out of power on that flight before
    2. BNE-SYD (domestic), SYD-LHR (BA16), then LHR-CDG: Good because the BA Business seats are flat the whole way through, but bad becasue I can't upgrade (can I??) with QFF points. I did like First (on my one time I upgraded)
    3. BNE-SYD (domestic), SYD-LHR (QF), then LHR-CDG: Upgrade the whole SYD-LHR, but then I use alot of points, and if I don;'t get the upgrade, I'm "stuck" on an angled bed the whole way.
    4. BNE-SIN (QF51), then SIN-LHR (BA12), then LHR-CDG: Similar to #1, but I get a flat seat for the longer leg (although in Business, not First), but I don't have to spend any points.
    Also: what are the chances of an upgrade to First with QF? Can I do anything to maximise this?

    Anything else I should consider?

    Thanks in advance for your wisdom

    Edit: supplementary question: I have 2 lonely upgrade credits remaining: how can I use these (I didn't think I could combine them with points)??
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    No you can't use QFF points to upgrade on BA.

    Isn't there also an AF codeshare SIN-CDG which would save transitting at LHR? I don't know how their longhaul cabin compares though.

    I presume you wont be sleeping the whole way or working the whole way. That would suggest a natural choice to me.
     
  3. NM

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    Here are some of my thoughts:

    The QF51 flight is a daytime flight, so sleeping on a slope should not be an issue. I personally like the QF seats for sitting on a daytime flight much better than the BA seats for sitting.

    I have found that many of the Skybed in-seat power problems are actually just a poor/unreliable connection when using an Aussie plug. Try using a UK or US plus adapter on the end of your Aussie plug when you use the Skybed in-seat power. I have found that is much more reliable.
    Again note that the leg to SIN is a daytime flight, so for me it is more important to have a comfortable sitting seat and in-seat power (see my note above regarding power reliability) that it is to have a horozontal bed.

    Of course, the SIN-LHR leg of those flights is overnight, so sleep comfort is more important. If you find BA NCW better for sleeping, you have to choose between risking an F upgrade waitlist verses confirming a BA NCW seat/bed.
    You make the point yourself. Only you can value the risk involved. You can enhance your upgrade chances by joining the waitlist as soon as possible and choose a date that is unlikely to be filled with paying and high-status passengers. I recommend flying mid-week if you can. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday departures tend to be busier with paying premium cabin passengers and high-status FF passengers who can make it hard for a Gold to secure an upgrade.
    Again not that QF51 is daytime and hence good in a Skybed with AVOD and 110V in-seat power. BA12 then assures you of a BA bed.
    I am heading to Europe later this week and chose to use QF29 MEL-HKG-LHR for a few reasons. The overnight segment of this flight is first, then the HKG-LHR is daytime. So the long portion is a daytime flight. This flight also seems to have less premium cabin bookings so I am hoping a better chance for upgrade to F. But if I don't get it, I at least have a good sitting seat for the long daytime flight where I will make use of the in-seat power etc.

    This flight also arrives into LHR mid-afternoon, making a nice connection to CDG for a late afternoon arrival to find your hotel and get a good night's sleep in a real bed, which in my experience is always going to be better than any aircraft seat - QF, BA, Business or First Class.
    They are not going to be of any use on this journey as you need a minimum of 3 for any of the sectors being considered.
     
  4. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Unfortunately UCs are not combinable with points. I wish they were as I have 2 remaining also. With just 2 you can only use them to upgrade within australia, and trans-tasman. Depending on length of flight its enough for 1-way (trans-tasman and PER flights) or return upgrade (east coast flights).
     
  5. mrsa

    mrsa Junior Member

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    Thanks to both Kiwi Flyer and NM for replies/information.
    The AF website shows the business bed at about the same recline angle as the QF bed.
    I'll have a little ponder about the options in light of above.
    Thanks
     
  6. NM

    NM
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    I guess the start of my trip is similar, in that I need to be in FRA. So I chose to travel BNE-MEL and spend the afternoon/evening there with my work colleagues, and then take QF29 to LHR with an afternoon connection to FRA. I will then have dinner with my German counterpart, get a good night's sleep in a hotel, then spend the following day with him in FRA.
     
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    mrsa,

    I would advise getting your TA to ensure you are seated on the A,B or C side when in Club on the LHR-CDG as this side only has 2 seats (I'm not sure but I think the second seat is labeled as C, ie there is no B). Also dont plan to get any work done, as the plane barely levels out before it starts the decent. Also try and book using QF code share numbers as the points are better than the BA code flights.
     
  8. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    There should only be a difference in points in economy, not for business?

    I admit it has been a while since I flew BA shorthaul but I thought it was 3-2 not 2-3 - ie you want the right hand side to be less squishy.
     
  9. aus_flyer

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    Depending on whether you are constrained by $$ or corporate policy of "no first", I would suggest you have a look at some of the specials with Cathay.

    There's a mixed class special for $9689 (see Bestflights.com.au) out of Brisbane (or Sydney would be better). Fly to HKG in J and then onto LHR in F.

    You can always purchase the LHR-CDG flight separately, and very cheaply.

    That price is less than a BA return J fare.
     
  10. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    29 APR 06 BA 317 BUSINESS 28APR06 PARIS/LONDON (HEATHROW) 215 54 215 500 [​IMG] 40
    25 APR 06 QF 3411 BUSINESS 25APR06 LONDON (HEATHROW)/PARIS 215 54 215 1,250 [​IMG] 40
    The guaranteed minimum was 1250 for QF and only 500 for BA.

    On these dates the RHS of plane facing cockpit was 3 seats.
     
  11. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Thanks - I forgot about the lower minimum mileage for BA (and AA)
     
  12. NM

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    On a long flight, that would be the case. But for short flight the min points guarantee kicks in for the QF codeshare.
    Definitely the left side (A/C) is the 2 seat side, the right side (DEF) is the three seat side.

    If using the BA flight number, just go to ba.com and use Manage My Bookings to select your own seat. On my upcoming LHR-FRA flight I was pre-allocated 3D and used MMB on ba.com to change that to 3A. All dones nicely on-line.
     
  13. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    I will remember that for next time, once bitten.:mad:
     
  14. thadocta

    thadocta Active Member

    Have you considered the flexibility availablewith most J fares? Also how full are the flights?

    My thoughts are that if the flights are fairly open, you could confirm on the QF flight SIN-LHR and then waitlist for the upgrade. If the waitlist clears, you are fine. If it doesn't, switch to the BA flight.

    This is assuming the fare allows changes, and most J fares do.

    Dave
     
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