Op Ups from N/O/Q

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  1. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    Does anyone know if QF does op ups from N, O and Q class?

    If it was a choice being op-upping a Platinum in N or a Gold in Y, which do you think (or better, know) that they would choose?

  2. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
    My guess would be no. You can't even request an upgrade with points for classes N and O.

    I would say that Gold with upgradeable ticket would receive preference for op-up before Platinum on N class ticket.
  3. QF WP


    Jun 20, 2002
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    Op ups are rare at the best of times (particularly domestically), however one would presume that QF would be looking at status first, then fare class (if that was the determining factor), probably in this order (Fully Flexible, Flexi Saver, Super Saver then red e-Deals).
  4. thadocta

    thadocta Active Member

    Yeah, I would hazard a guess that if they NEEDED to op up somebody, there would be a platinum travelling in Y (or at the very least fully flexible) *somewhere* on that flight.

  5. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    Have been op'd up three times (that I can remember) on red-e-deals with Qantas.

    All domestic.

    BNE-SYD (twice) and MEL-ADL.

    Various reasons including Cancellation of flights meaning Y overbooked, and for trim [Please, no jokes, there was only about 12 people on the plane and only one pax in J. I was asked to join them :D ]

    I think there are always enough Plats/Gold/Silvers to upgrade if the need arises without having to look at fare basis. Now that might come into play if they have to decide between various ppl to op-up, but unsure.
  6. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    Does this mean that Internationally they occur more frequently?

    I have been fortunate to score a couple of domestic op ups, but internationally I usually travel J so have never given it much thought.

    Though I am travelling on a couple of international flights soon (booked in V) so I'm certainly crossing my fingers.
  7. QF WP


    Jun 20, 2002
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    Not to me. odoherty :cry: . As QF rarely oversell flights to the volume that LOTFAP airlines do, then there's less reason for op ups.

    I gave up hoping the QF would op up me, I have just spent the points now to sit in J.
  8. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    I certainly would not recommend anybody pay a higher fare just to try to improve their chances for an operational upgrade. Save the money and every now and then spend that saving on a confirmed business class seat. You will get to sit up front more often than hoping for op-ups.

    But when it comes to needing someone to op-up, I expect some agents do it based purely on status, some based on seat location (getting two or more together to accommodate a group) and some will consider fare type paid. I don't expect there is a fixed rule that says they only upgrade those on flexible fares. Agent discretion plays a huge part in the process.
  9. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

    Nov 25, 2004
    BNE & SYD
    I have had 7 op upgrades, all on rededeal fares, the best one being a $20 fare to SYD from OOL, all when I was platinum, the last two were October last year when Y was full.

    Never had an upg on international services with QF, but had three with CX, again when I was plat.
  10. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    I as a newly minted WP, I was operationally upgraded on an 'N' class fare MEL-BNE last November.

    The previous flight had been cancelled.
  11. infoworks

    infoworks Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    N, O & Q are referred to as "Not On Qantas" and represent the fare classes that can't be upgraded with points (Including rededeals).

    Seems like some op ups aren't out of the picture however!
  12. traveloguy

    traveloguy Junior Member

    Jul 22, 2002
    Like with other WPs I have never had an international op-up (and I mainly fly international these days), but domestic happens occasionally.

    I agree with NM. Save money and use what you save to pay for WTP, J and F. That certainly what I do.
  13. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    all of my operational upgrades both domestic and international (about half a dozen) have occured when there have been flight delays with knock on effects to my flight.

    domestically i have gone from economy to business and international op upgrades have been J to F.

    last time i flew LAX - BNE it was a 3 class plane sold as two and there were spare seats in the F cabin. they asked people in the J cabin if they would like to come forward. it was on business class service though.

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