Can I add an extra leg by simply paying the 3500 point change fee?

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zainman

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Yesterday I was able to find 2 F seats on the non-stop EK flight SYD-DXB so jumped at the opportunity and booked them like this:

SYD-DXB EK F
DXB-KHI EK J

I am based in MEL but if I had put MEL in the origin, it would not show me the SYD-DXB flights, only EK flights from PER/ADL. I tried doing it as a multi-city but that increased the price and also strangely did not show the EK F seats! I rang up while I was on the payment page of the booking and the QF agent couldn't see the 2 F seats so I just went ahead and booked it as above. She said I should be able to ring back and 'add' the extra leg.

Today I rang up and asked if I could add a MEL-SYD leg for the previous day (within 24 hours so it wouldn't be considered a stop-over) and was told the total points cost would increase because the distance would take me to zone '9'. Also the change fee was quoted as 3500 points per passenger and $80 per passenger service fee.

I did the calculations using gcmap and I believe the agent was correct about the mileage increase. The additional leg pushes it into zone 9.

What are my options? Book a separate classic award MEL-SYD? Wait for a DSC and then book as JASA :p or simply use AA to book MEL-SYD for two in J for 35k?

Thoughts?
 

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Why not just fly MEL-SYD in Y on a Red e-deal?

Your bags will be transferred and if you choose the timing wisely you may even get extra time in the SYD F lounge.
 

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I second Hvr's suggestion, just book a Red e deal.
Play the timing right, and you could get a wide body 767 (few left), or a 330 from MEL to SYD.
QF Seamless transfer SYD (dom to int) terminal will be the best way to get across, if you show your QF boarding pass. Might have to pay for it though, ... Hopefully the award tickets are issued by QF, and show QF flight numbers.
Does QF Seamless transfer work for EK flights, is another consideration, if the award tickets show EK flight numbers?
 

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Why not just fly MEL-SYD in Y on a Red e-deal?

Your bags will be transferred and if you choose the timing wisely you may even get extra time in the SYD F lounge.

Thanks for the suggestion. Will look at the prices for the Red e-deals. I won't get the baggage allowance (50kg) for that leg of the journey though, will discuss with family if I actually need to use it or not. Is the SYD F lounge open early morning? The flight to DXB departs at 6am..

I second Hvr's suggestion, just book a Red e deal.
Play the timing right, and you could get a wide body 767 (few left), or a 330 from MEL to SYD.
QF Seamless transfer SYD (dom to int) terminal will be the best way to get across, if you show your QF boarding pass. Might have to pay for it though, ... Hopefully the award tickets are issued by QF, and show QF flight numbers.
Does QF Seamless transfer work for EK flights, is another consideration, if the award tickets show EK flight numbers?

The tickets are classic awards booked using qantas.com but don't have QF flight numbers.

I won't need the dom to international terminal transfer as will be overnighting in SYD and using Chauffer drive to get to Intl terminal..
 
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