The notifications are better compared to what they were originally, so it seems as if it's a problem that doesn't want to be fixed.
You appear to be defending the indefensible, IMHO. Charging for an entire MEL-LHR as F, when supplying the entire journey in J. When is that ever OK?
Airlines should stop this practice of saying its there but some legs are not, wonder what consumer affairs think about it here?.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't: One of my pet peeves with Lifemiles, is that they won't do mixed class award flights :shock:Unfortunately this practice is widespread in the industry. I agree it is appalling.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't: One of my pet peeves with Lifemiles, is that they won't do mixed class award flights :shock:
In the past I have been quite happy to pay the US DM F award fee for mixed class tickets, when the major portion of the trip is in F, and the connections to the F flight(s) were in C. For example, Australia to South East Asia in C, then F to a major EU hub, then C again to connect to my final EU destination. But alas, Lifemiles won't do this, and force me into C the whole way if F isn't marketed on every flight that I need.
Although, the OPs situation is clearly an extreme extrapolation of the usefulness of mixed class tickets.
I think that the payment method for tickets is immaterial.When it is cold cash outlaid for tickets it's a bit disengenuous to include them.
I am not defending anything. I am saying that QF are aware of the issue but don't want to fix it. Not defending them at all.
The cash amounts do not seem to show any discount for the leg in a lower cabin.
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You have misquoted me, that reference continued by discussing the option (on QF1) via SYD (presumably with some F component after SYD).Except that often the major portion of the journey, ie longest leg, is in the lower class.
From a commercial perspective, I don't know if I would want to do that, if it were my business. A savvy seller will always try and sell what they have in stock, should a customer come in requesting an item which is out of stock. So, I wouldn't want to limit my ability to close a sale, by not suggesting an alternative. Plus, the customer has come directly to the Qantas website, so there is some brand affinity/desire, rather than a primary class of service need (in which case the OP would have been better off using a third party travel agent website, to see all F availability out of MEL across multiple carriers, limited as that would be for Melbourne).But what I am saying, dk4, is that it is not overly difficult to design search parameters to return either no mixed class or mix class ok (it's not a hard query to design).