Booking Qatar with Privilege, then changing when Velocity accepted?

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Hi all.

This is my thought and I'd be grateful for any comments.

Flying MEL - LHR this Xmas with two adults and four kids. All are on my family pooling. I'm Platinum with Qatar Airways, as part of the status match in 2020 with Virgin, and still have Virgin Platinum too.

We need to book fairly soon as prices are silly. What I was looking to do was to to book us all together using my Privilege status, and thus choose seats for us all together.

Then, would it be possible for me to go into the booking once the option to allocate points to Velocity becomes available, for each person, and change the frequent flyer to their Velocity so I get the points and SC for us all via family pooling?

And, if this is feasible, would you lose the seats as the seats we chose would be under a status card that is no longer on the booking or does it not matter once done?

I've flown many many times, but never had this exact situation, so thought I'd ask. Thank you
 

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I'm in the same situation (though I'm Gold and have already booked). Not sure of the answer but you can always change the FF number to VA and see what happens and if you lose the seats change it back to QR. Otherwise wait until after you've checked in to change.
 

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I'm in the same situation (though I'm Gold and have already booked). Not sure of the answer but you can always change the FF number to VA and see what happens and if you lose the seats change it back to QR. Otherwise wait until after you've checked in to change.
Thanks so much... appreciate it and let's see what happens when the actual VA and QA systems start talking... whenever that will be as i thought they were aiming for mid year
 

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Yes it should be going live next Month. Though seat selection should be part of the package for VA Gold and Plat if the QR agreement is like DL and SQ.
 

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I status matched with Qatar/Virgin Platinum and travelled under the status match to Heathrow. It was a phenomenal experience, super personal and they would check up multiple times through the flight. They didn't have any issue chopping and changing statuses with someone else I was flying with from Qantas to Qatar and back again if need be!
 

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I status matched with Qatar/Virgin Platinum and travelled under the status match to Heathrow. It was a phenomenal experience, super personal and they would check up multiple times through the flight. They didn't have any issue chopping and changing statuses with someone else I was flying with from Qantas to Qatar and back again if need be!
Thanks. We just flew to and from England last week with Qatar and it was great, one of the best airlines I have flown in economy and thus impressive. At the moment, our return to England with the family in Dec is looking like Qatar is preferred. And cheapest...
 

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Thanks. We just flew to and from England last week with Qatar and it was great, one of the best airlines I have flown in economy and thus impressive. At the moment, our return to England with the family in Dec is looking like Qatar is preferred. And cheapest...

Yep agreed! As platinum they put us on the top deck of the a380 leaving Heathrow which is nice. Only time I’ve ever slept 10 hours on a plane was Doha to Sydney! Haha
 

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Yep agreed! As platinum they put us on the top deck of the a380 leaving Heathrow which is nice. Only time I’ve ever slept 10 hours on a plane was Doha to Sydney! Haha
I've got the status match to Privilege Club Gold through VA and have selected extra legroom seats on 777 flights and top deck of the A380 to CDG, but I want to earn with VA so might just have to swtich between QR/VA after each flight.
 

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Yes it should be going live next Month. Though seat selection should be part of the package for VA Gold and Plat if the QR agreement is like DL and SQ.
Just on this, I'm curious how you know this should be going live this month? Not being rude, just keen to learn. They committed to this as being mid-year and I suspect this would have advised of any delays so hopefully this happens soon.
 

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Just on this, I'm curious how you know this should be going live this month? Not being rude, just keen to learn. They committed to this as being mid-year and I suspect this would have advised of any delays so hopefully this happens soon.
It was mentioned just after the announcement that the partnership would start in July (that was my understanding anyway).
 

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It was mentioned just after the announcement that the partnership would start in July (that was my understanding anyway).
Seems like maybe they are having issues, as I've not heard anything more on when this goes live and they did quote mid-year, and August is almost that!
 

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