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Email QFF Subscriptions - which ones, and why?

JennyMG

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So Many!!! When I first joined QFF I got emails every day. Finally I turned them all off.
Now I'm thinking I may be missing out on 'stuff.'
I'm interested in maximising QFF points, good O'seas and domestic holiday bargains, competitions I guess...anywhere and how I can maximise points, and also Classic Rewards bookings.
Which QFF email notifications do you subscribe to, why, and HOW MANY do you get....I don't want to spend days reading emails!
 

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I have failed miserably with QF in this regard. I wanted to get ALL emails, as I have flexibility on routes, and am interested in the whole world. I tried to "subscribe" to everything I could, but get almost no emails of sales, etc. Today I got specials starting in Mexico, which I like, but these emails are very infrequent.

I help my eldest daughter with her QF account. And it is my email that QF has for her. I am P1, she is WP off the back of my status. She gets (through my email) almost daily QF emails. And me none????????
 

AustraliaPoochie

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I think our collective thoughts, ideas, suggestions are better than having hundreds or so of QFF emails.
Ie flying in a higher Y subclass if you can afford it, multiple stops, flying OW, EK with a QF flight number, buying JQ bundle fares, buy comfort seats if affordable...
 

AustraliaPoochie

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Getting points is one thing, but here's a tip, getting as much status as you can is of more importance.
Status pushes up your upgrade chances, on int flights, esp upgrades with points.
Having a million points but NB status means you are down the upgrade ladder.
SG better, WP/P1 best chances of upgrades.
 

JennyMG

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I think our collective thoughts, ideas, suggestions are better than having hundreds or so of QFF emails.
Ie flying in a higher Y subclass if you can afford it, multiple stops, flying OW, EK with a QF flight number, buying JQ bundle fares, buy comfort seats if affordable...
I’m going to have to look up what all those codes you’re using mean.
When writing to a newbie - consider that we are a bit dumb at this stage - ha ha
 

JennyMG

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I have failed miserably with QF in this regard. I wanted to get ALL emails, as I have flexibility on routes, and am interested in the whole world. I tried to "subscribe" to everything I could, but get almost no emails of sales, etc. Today I got specials starting in Mexico, which I like, but these emails are very infrequent.

I help my eldest daughter with her QF account. And it is my email that QF has for her. I am P1, she is WP off the back of my status. She gets (through my email) almost daily QF emails. And me none????????
Well that’s very frustrating! I’ve found that most of the emails are sobdumbed down that they barely register as info anyway- the most interesting thing about them is the title. Still I live in hope that I luck yo a little gem - frustrating marketing technique though.
 

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I’m going to have to look up what all those codes you’re using mean.
When writing to a newbie - consider that we are a bit dumb at this stage - ha ha
Hi Jenny , as mentioned in my response in your intro thread, don’t forget to lookup the new members info incl. abbreviations list.
Cheers
 

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I’m going to have to look up what all those codes you’re using mean.
Those codes are the various status levels with Qantas. NB = bronze. SG = gold. WP = platinum. P1 = platinum 1.

While I agree that high status is desirable (maybe even essential) for upgrades, if you don't fly often enough to attain status then it's moot. You can fly in premium cabins using your points as an NB, if you're flexible about when you travel and on the ball with release dates/times. I've used my Qantas points to fly multiple Qantas business and first, Emirates first and Qatar business in the past few years and I'm an NB.

As for the newsletters: I subscribe to them all and do a half-second scan before deleting most. To be honest, I find out more about special deals and tricks of the points-maximising-trade on AFF than through Qantas marketing.
 

AustraliaPoochie

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With lots of points on QF, its higher grade QF status members that get first/more chances of upgrades on int flights.
Also if you do choose to try out EK Emirates, ensure you try to get the QF code share flight, granted some EK flights do not carry a QF code share flight number.
In this case you earn less QFF points, and no status credit obtained on a purely EK flight as a QFF member.
 

JennyMG

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Those codes are the various status levels with Qantas. NB = bronze. SG = gold. WP = platinum. P1 = platinum 1.

While I agree that high status is desirable (maybe even essential) for upgrades, if you don't fly often enough to attain status then it's moot. You can fly in premium cabins using your points as an NB, if you're flexible about when you travel and on the ball with release dates/times. I've used my Qantas points to fly multiple Qantas business and first, Emirates first and Qatar business in the past few years and I'm an NB.

As for the newsletters: I subscribe to them all and do a half-second scan before deleting most. To be honest, I find out more about special deals and tricks of the points-maximising-trade on AFF than through Qantas marketing.
Good to know Frank. Ah yes, I heard about "W"P etc. ha ha.
Yes, I don't think I'll ever have any status, not for a sustained time anyhow. But going to give QFF a run for it's money over the next two years, so...that's good! I'm a mega planner, and a bit like a dog with a bone, when I want something. ...like an early booked flight.
 
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I have failed miserably with QF in this regard. I wanted to get ALL emails, as I have flexibility on routes, and am interested in the whole world. I tried to "subscribe" to everything I could, but get almost no emails of sales, etc. Today I got specials starting in Mexico, which I like, but these emails are very infrequent.

I help my eldest daughter with her QF account. And it is my email that QF has for her. I am P1, she is WP off the back of my status. She gets (through my email) almost daily QF emails. And me none????????
This is rather interesting, particularly given the upcoming changes in how QF will be presenting fares. What this is possibly suggesting is that as a P1, they may think they’ve got you, so you’re not going to be targeted with offers compared to someone else. When the distribution changes come in, QF will offer different FF profiles different prices based on your history and everything they know about you from your flying history, booking profile, Red Planet, cookies, the location services in the QF App, etc. It will be interesting who gets the better deal - the super loyal or the lower status or even NB.
 

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If you have to fly, and staying overnight somewhere, ensure your hotel/accommodation booking is with in the QF hotels system, thus earning points from stays.
6 points per $1 is the higher one, have seen 9 points per $1 for hotel bookings within QF hotels a while back.
The hotels will encourage you to book direct with them, earning their points, which means no QFF points, but if you book with the QF hotels website, you will earn QFF points, even if you stay at Ibis budget (the cheapest hotel group around, not flash, but ok for something like an elcheapo prison cell!)...
Airbnb also has a QFF points reward system for booking stays with them.
www.qantas.com/hotels I think is it.
Don't say you will never climb the QFF status ladder, PS is not hard, just 300 QFF SC a year, if you have to fly for work, and your work pays, then its not hard.
PS, yes, I do remember your point is about which QF emails subset to go for.
Sorry for the waffle.
 

JennyMG

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We may be twins, Jenny! :D
My poor husband is upstairs watching TV all alone, whle I'm down here researching QFF points, Flying Blue points, which one is better, what to do with my Kris Flyer poitns, all about Accor hotels...I'm mad about it just at the moment. I think I've found my happy place. Ha ha. 15 years of saving points, and I didn't even know half of what I know now. I've just booked a great flight to Europe, and am going to snatch a Classic Rewards Business class flight home. Can't wait. It had better work out. I keep checking and checking...yep, still there, come on date...come on you good thing.....
 

JennyMG

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If you have to fly, and staying overnight somewhere, ensure your hotel/accommodation booking is with in the QF hotels system, thus earning points from stays.
6 points per $1 is the higher one, have seen 9 points per $1 for hotel bookings within QF hotels a while back.
The hotels will encourage you to book direct with them, earning their points, which means no QFF points, but if you book with the QF hotels website, you will earn QFF points, even if you stay at Ibis budget (the cheapest hotel group around, not flash, but ok for something like an elcheapo prison cell!)...
Airbnb also has a QFF points reward system for booking stays with them.
www.qantas.com/hotels I think is it.
Don't say you will never climb the QFF status ladder, PS is not hard, just 300 QFF SC a year, if you have to fly for work, and your work pays, then its not hard.
PS, yes, I do remember your point is about which QF emails subset to go for.
Sorry for the waffle.
mm...yeah, nup. Don't fly for work, only for pleasure. So my dollars, ...it seems hard.
Waffling? right up my alley.
 

AustraliaPoochie

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Oh, own dollars, so to speak, aha, a bit harder.
Ok, lets see.
You do know of subclasses of Y, don't you, like as in economy class, Y, B, Q, L, M, etc, they will earn at appropriate rates, if you go to the QF website, you will on domestic flights, see 3 columns, usually the cheapest one, disc Y, we sometimes call it whY, this is the lowest earning class, on QF as it is, 800 points on short domestic routes, 1400 on J business routes, you can check out the QF points and status credit calculator, which will show you the points and status credits earn, if you enter a starting point, and an ending point, if you make an intermediate stop, in your flight, you can earn extra QFF points.
How tight is your budget?
Can you/are you able to mix flight classes, on Aust domestic routes, the fares for one way and return does not make a lot of difference, but on longer routes, one ways will be very/can be very expensive.
Try to fly QF at all cost, if you must fly JQ, do buy a bundle fare.
Au - NZ is a good way to spend a long weekend, sometimes the J class Au - NZ is only $699, cheaper than SYD - PER in J business!
BNE J business class int lounge is one of the best ones around, SYD J business int lounge, not bad, some on here don't like it, MEL J business int lounge is hard to find, not well sign posted, no windows to the outside.
Do give us an idea of the trips you have planned, we don't need dates, MEL - SYD - BNE - PER - MEL if you live in MEL would be a good start in whY to start... or MEL - SYD - BNE - MEL for easter 2020.
Or MEL - ZQN - MEL one Jul for the snow experience, QF does have a J business cabin SYD/MEL - ZQN.
Or SYD - CTS Sapporo in Japan in Dec, flying QF direct some days of the week.
Some on here don't like P + P which is a system on QF where you can use points and pay cash for your ticket, this will earn you points and status too.
Use MS-Excel to do your planning, I find the spreadsheet a good way to pass (waste) time dreaming about my upcoming trips!
 

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((Kris Flyer poitns, all about Accor hotels..))
Krisflyer points, if you want to use those up, you can transfer them to VFF above 5000 KF points, loss of about 35% in the transfer, they are of no use in relation to QFF.
As for Leclub Accor, you can amass up to 2000 Leclub Accor points by staying at Accor hotels for the time being, and then put in a points plus pay for the Accor hotel in the city you plan to stay in, to use up what points you have, and then after that, leave Leclub Accor alone, and only collect QFF points from booking hotels on the QFF hotels website.
Can't mix Leclub Accor and QF points for payment of hotel stays.
Don't think Flyingblue can be transferred to QFF either.
What QFF status are you right now? If you are QFF SG, you have a good chance of using points and succeeding, after higher grade QFF status members have had theirs.
On QF int flights, upgrades are not guaranteed for lower grade status members, till close to flight, but on Au dom flights, your using points upgrade request can be confirmed at payment stage, if there are seats available, on the QFF website.
If you end up having to pay $ to fly back, EK Y is very good, of course EK J/F is better, but if you have to pay to fly back because there are no award seats on the way back from Europe, ensure you fly EK if you choose them, with a QF flight number, by booking on the QFF website.
All the best anyway.
I have been with QFF for 22 years now, have flown EK and JQ and QF, and have been with VFF for 14 years, as well as the old AN, and SQ.
 

JennyMG

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This is actually
Those codes are the various status levels with Qantas. NB = bronze. SG = gold. WP = platinum. P1 = platinum 1.

While I agree that high status is desirable (maybe even essential) for upgrades, if you don't fly often enough to attain status then it's moot. You can fly in premium cabins using your points as an NB, if you're flexible about when you travel and on the ball with release dates/times. I've used my Qantas points to fly multiple Qantas business and first, Emirates first and Qatar business in the past few years and I'm an NB.

As for the newsletters: I subscribe to them all and do a half-second scan before deleting most. To be honest, I find out more about special deals and tricks of the points-maximising-trade on AFF than through Qantas marketing.
that's rather a relief to me. I have been anxious about what I was missing out on. But Briar, you are right. I'm not going to sustain status, and am early enough to be very flexible, and able to choose from an array of options.i have managed a wonderful flight to Paris, Singapore and air France business class which I paid for through the air France website as it was $7000 cheaper (2 fares) than through Qantas! I'm not going to do as some suggest, buy Qantas a ticket any cost, when the cost is mine! I'm delighted with the D and I fares. I'm accruing flying blue points which naturally will help while I'm in Europe too! Then using my cache of qff to fly home business classs on china eastern, whom I understand some don't like, but I'm not fussy. Free? Sounds good! I feel like I'm in the winners zone.
I think some might be getting too bogged down in status, and forgetting the cost. Or maybe their work pays their bills. Lucky them.
I think I'm going to be wide eyed at business class, so being content is the goal here, while learning more about maxing points. Your comments helped, thank you.
 

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((Kris Flyer poitns, all about Accor hotels..))
Krisflyer points, if you want to use those up, you can transfer them to VFF above 5000 KF points, loss of about 35% in the transfer, they are of no use in relation to QFF.
As for Leclub Accor, you can amass up to 2000 Leclub Accor points by staying at Accor hotels for the time being, and then put in a points plus pay for the Accor hotel in the city you plan to stay in, to use up what points you have, and then after that, leave Leclub Accor alone, and only collect QFF points from booking hotels on the QFF hotels website.
Can't mix Leclub Accor and QF points for payment of hotel stays.
Don't think Flyingblue can be transferred to QFF either.
What QFF status are you right now? If you are QFF SG, you have a good chance of using points and succeeding, after higher grade QFF status members have had theirs.
On QF int flights, upgrades are not guaranteed for lower grade status members, till close to flight, but on Au dom flights, your using points upgrade request can be confirmed at payment stage, if there are seats available, on the QFF website.
If you end up having to pay $ to fly back, EK Y is very good, of course EK J/F is better, but if you have to pay to fly back because there are no award seats on the way back from Europe, ensure you fly EK if you choose them, with a QF flight number, by booking on the QFF website.
All the best anyway.
I have been with QFF for 22 years now, have flown EK and JQ and QF, and have been with VFF for 14 years, as well as the old AN, and SQ.
Thanks poochie, I love Leclub accor, and I love Flying Blue. excellent for European flights. Booking.com is affiliated with Flying Blue and earns points that way, and earns QFF if you pay with Qantas money travel card as well.
Le Club accor is great as it has a fantastic affiliation with Flying blue, where you earn points AND miles whichever way you book, hotel or flight, you double dip. eg: Accor points + flight points for a flight, And triple dip if you pay with a card...the third lot always being QFF points. It's so much easier choosing Skyteam partners in europe.
About status. I'm never going to be able to sustain it as I'm just a holidayer. I also have no clue what eky is or ekj....I'm flying business class, so I'm going to choose the cheapest / best flight, whether its on qantas or not, becuase $3000 cheaper on Air france to the qantas site, I wasn't concerned about QFF points when I have 3 Grand to lose.
I believe one has to be very careful not to pay out more than you should for accommodation or flights, JUST to get QFF points. I'vesaved $6000 on the business class fare, non Q, and will still get a classic reward Q flight all the way home from Rome. Pretty happy.
 

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