Girlfriend using my Qantas frequent flyer points

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  1. ralphtoo

    ralphtoo Newbie

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    Hi All,

    My girlfriend (of over 2 years) from Spain is coming out to Australia this year and I would like to travel with her using my Qantas frequent flyer points. I have enough points for the both of us to travel (economy) from here in Perth to Brisbane.

    My question is does anyone know how Qantas handles this type of thing. I have read in their conditions that "partner" is counted as a relative, but does a girlfriend qualify and if so will there be any requirement by me to prove to Qantas the level of your relationship in any way (ie: addresses etc, etc).
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    This is probably a fairly common question, but I would be extremely interested to know what anyone knows about this subject.

    Cheers
     
  2. straitman

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    I could be wrong with this but I don't believe there would be a problem. Why not ring QF FF and ask them :?: If you don't get the answer you want try again later as different staff seem to give different answers :!:

    :twisted: :D
     
  3. redrat

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    Well you might ring them to find out. They don't have to know who is calling.
    On the other hand you can claim her as a first cousin or something. QF will accept either your address or another address to send the tickets to and the booking will appear against your internet booking where your ff number is the same but your friend's name will be on the booking.
    Having done this a few times, the process is problem free. Just get your story right and you're home free :D
     
  4. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

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    Just ring up and book, or even better book online. When they ask you what relationship she is to you just say "partner", which is after all the truth. I do this for my partner, and have never had a problem.
     
  5. danielh

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    I agree. I have booked flights for my Girlfriend and later for my Fiance (same person) and had no issues with either situation.

    Regards
    Daniel

    PS: If you are worried, just say that she is your Fiance. There is no way to easily prove or disprove this.
     
  6. ralphtoo

    ralphtoo Newbie

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    Girlfriend using Qantas frequent flyer points

    :D :D :D

    Big thanks for the replies to my question :D .

    I guess this is one of those tricky situations where the wording in the conditions section is somewhat vague.

    My major problem here was that I didn't want to book this and then turn up at the airport and have her ticket refused, thus ending the trip and losing my points.

    Cheers
     
  7. sully

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    I would have thought the bigger problem was making out that your partner was your fiance........and her finding out about it.

    Sounds like a proposal by default. Any money you save on using FFs could be more than taken up by the cost of the engagement ring!!!
     
  8. QF WP

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    From the Qantas FF Handbook:

    10. Redeeming Points

    10.1 General

    10.1.1 Awards are subject to capacity controls and availability is limited. Qantas, oneworld Alliance Airlines, Frequent Flyer Partner Airlines and Frequent Flyer Partner Services limit the number of seats/rooms/vehicles and other products or services available to Members at their absolute discretion. These depend on the flight, date, season and destination and some flights may not have any Awards seats available. Once Award seats are filled there may be no more Award seats available. Seats for Award travel are booked in special classes of service. If the class of service applicable to the Award is not available, another flight, date or destination must be selected. You must not reserve a seat in an incorrect class of service.

    10.1.2 Members will be personally liable for any and all costs, taxes, charges, claims or liabilities of whatever nature (including without limitation all ticket taxes) arising from the provision or availability of any Awards or Benefits whether these are provided by Qantas, a oneworldTM Alliance Airline or by a Frequent Flyer Partner Airline or Frequent Flyer Partner Service.

    10.1.3 It is the responsibility of each Member to keep track of any and all redemptions made against their account and ensure that sufficient Points are held in credit to cover any unticketed Award Flights or services. Members must report any unauthorised Award claims from their account within 12 months of the occurrence. Corrective action cannot be taken after that time.

    10.1.4 You may assign any Award you earn through Qantas Frequent Flyer to any member of your family covered in the list below. However, there may be tax implications on such a transfer for Australian taxpayers and you will need to consider clause 10.1.5 below. Your eligible family members may use the Award whether you travel with them or not. Award tickets issued for a member of your family must be in the name of the passenger travelling.


    Husband/Wife
    Parents/Step-parents
    Domestic Partner/Defacto
    Children, includes foster and step-children
    Brothers/Sisters
    Half Brothers/Sisters
    Grandparents
    Grandchildren
    Sons/Daughters-in-law
    Brothers/Sisters-in-law
    Fathers/Mothers-in-law
    Uncles/Aunts
    Nephew/Nieces
    First Cousins


    Now, having said that, why don't you join your girlfriend to QF FF, using your address as hers (thus seen as domestic partners). I never had any problem using points for my girlfriend, later fiancee, now wife.
     
  9. danielh

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    Sounds like a trend here.

    First girlfriend, then fiance and then wife.

    You might want to reconsider taking your girlfriend overseas. :)

    Regards
    Daniel
     
  10. QF WP

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    Yes, it can be a problem, particularly when you create a Business Class monster - I upgraded her on her first flight (BNE/AKL) and ever since then, she's disappointed if we're travelling down the back end. I usually get snippy comments like "What! Why weren't you able to use FF points/Tier Credits to get us upgraded?????". :shock:

    Occassionally, we have been op up'ed together (BA SIN/LHR) and I show her the benefits of being a Plat member. I'm sure that's one of the main reasons she "allows" me my time on the computer to keep up to date with FlyerTalk and Australian Frequent Flyer; or the use of showers in the F lounges.

    As soon as you realise that those FF points of yours are now "hers", then you're half-way to understanding.... :roll:
     
  11. redrat

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    Mind you, it's cheaper than diamond rings, flowers, chocolates. You might call me cheap, but the other half really looks forward to ff paid holidays. :D
     
  12. icemann

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    Sounds like the Eddie Murphy video 'RAW'.

    "She wants a HALF of Johnny's money"

    She'll be like :D

    And you'll be like :cry:
     
  13. Mac07

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    Hi Lindsay - does your girlfriend have to be a QF member? Would the fact that she is travelling with me (obviously myself being a QFF member) and I am also able to provide evidence of a de facto relationship enough?

    I wasn't aware that the other family member travelling with you actually had to be a QFF member?

    Would appreciate a response - thanks mate :)
     
  14. Shano

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    Partner, parent, cousin, whoever you choose to be travelling with from the list does not need to be a QFF member to receive an award flight. I do this occasionally for MIL to keep SO happy. MIL is not a QFF member. Have also used my points for award flights for my parents - neither of whom are QFF members.

    I think Lindsay's point about joining your girlfriend was to help add weight to the de-facto status - i.e. you would both be on file as having same residential address.
     
  15. Mac07

    Mac07 Newbie

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    Thanks Shano - exactly the answer I was after.
     
  16. serfty

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    Succinctly answered!

    BTW, Mac07, welcome to AFF. :D
     
  17. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    I am just trying to work out how my company flew a whole team over rom NZ on points earned on the accountants credit card (used to pay utilities etc. for the business in NZ)...
     
  18. NM

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    Must have been for a "family reunion" ... of sorts. Well it was to New Zealand ;) .
     
  19. Altair

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    Of course we are all "Cuzzie Bro" here :p
     
  20. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    I've used points to book award flights for my girlfriend in the past. She wasn't a FF either, so no dramas should be expected.
     
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