Emirates has jacked up its already-high carrier charges (including via QFF) according to Point Hacks, eg Perth-Vienna in J or F has gone from $452 to $974 one way. Crikey!
Look at the bright/ positive side, a random search MEL-CDG return the cheapest cash price in J was around AUD7,700, so you are still saving around $5,700 Jokes aside it is a pretty big hike and given EK were moved to the standard partners reward rates it hardly seems worth using EK moving forward.So a return flight to Europe in J now costs 318k Qantas Points + $2k in cash. Doesn’t seem very “rewarding”!
Others may disagree, but this sudden move is a major reason why I endeavour not to 'bank' FF points accumulated through any airline's scheme ad infinitum.
The strategy has been impossible for the last 25 months, but it's one way of recognising these airlines hold all the cards.
Another way is to simply book the best value (not just 'price', but seat configuration and other factors) fare and rid oneself of an obsession with obtaining status or FF points. That will go against the grain for many AFFers.
My policy for some time has been to use points to get to Asia and then revenue flights from there. When you can get return fares from SEA to Europe regularly for $2k it’s a far better option for us. Everyone is different thoughMeans it better to book rewards with actual one world carriers.
Where's your favourite departure ports in SEA?My policy for some time has been to use points to get to Asia and then revenue flights from there. When you can get return fares from SEA to Europe regularly for $2k it’s a far better option for us. Everyone is different though