Plenty of points but hard to use them | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Plenty of points but hard to use them

Status
Not open for further replies.

mhh

Junior Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2004
Messages
29
I accumulate QFF points quickly by using Amex for my business purchases, but I don't buy much travel in my own name. I just got back from a family trip to LA (4 of us) using points in Qantas Business class. I booked it about 8 months in advance and had no trouble getting pretty close to my desired dates.

Now I'm trying to book London or New York on-line for next year and I'm finding it harder to get anything like suitable dates in Business. (I'm not interested in Economy for these long trips). Even trying for just 2 seats doesn't seem to help.

Are there any tips to getting 4 Business seats to London, Frankfurt or New York with Qantas? Is it better to do it by phone than on-line? If I buy Economy, is upgrading using points easy enough? ( I'm happy to pay for Economy tickets, but I'm too mean/poor to pay for Business).

Thanks in antipation if you have any thoughts.

mhh
 

thadocta

Active Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2003
Messages
757
I've never had any problems getting seats, provided I book far enough out and am prepared to be flexible. I normally book my flights about 10 months or so out for J long-haul, about a week or two prior for Y short-haul.

Having said that though, I find it easier to phone up to book, rather than go online.

It takes all of about three seconds for the telephone sales agent to check an alternative date, hitting "Back" or "Start Again" constantly to check different dates is too cumbersome and time consuming for me.

The other thing with booking via phone is that you can get your seats allocated immediately - booking over the web means you have to phone in to change it if it isn't the seat you want.

Dave
 

swissbignose

Member
Joined
May 5, 2003
Messages
145
Hmmmm...

It's a tough one.

My initial gut feel was to buy the economy tickets and waitlist to upgrade, but I assumed that you were not a highly-ranked QFF, which means that every man and his dog will be ahead of you in the list for an upgrade should tickets be available.

Have you considered alternatives? You haven't stated where you are flying from, but sometimes flying from BNE or PER is better award-wise than SYD/MEL (when flying to LHR - BNE when flying to JFK).

Alternatively, I've found that if you fly SYD-SIN, stay overnight and fly SIN-LHR the next day, there's a better chance than flying SYD-LHR in one hop (okay, one hop-one stop).

(As you can probably tell, I'm better versed heading to Europe than the U.S.)
 

HardieBoys

Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2003
Messages
411
Travelling in school holidays is going to be harder than at other times, for obvious reasons. I'd consider travelling via Cathay, which will entail flying via HK, or investigate the possibility of two separate tickets (i.e. Australia - SIN/BKK/HKG, and then HKG/BKK/SIN - Europe). The new LHR-HKG flights (QF32?) don't start up until early November, so you may be able to get onto one of those.

Wouldn't bother with the website, as it only gives QF flights on QF metal, and won't indicate availability of other oneworld carriers.

Not sure if they're still available, but in September, I saw BA Business to London offered at under $AUD6000. Haven't seen them advertised for the past two weeks.
 

mhh

Junior Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2004
Messages
29
Thanks for the ideas, guys. I'm in Adelaide and I'm happy to use any port for my J departure and to buy Y seats to get there. I'll check it out that way for starters. Thanks again.
 
G

Guest

Guest
As a WP I've never had any trouble getting reward tickets to USA (Y,J & F)..even around christmas.. calling up and requesting specific flights has worked 95% of the time.

Would it work if a platinum member called up and did the booking (using your points & the platinum members name on 1 ticket)... then once they are confirmed.. changing the name on 1 ticket to the non-WP member..

just a thought
 

straitman

Enthusiast
Moderator
Joined
Apr 27, 2003
Messages
16,927
Qantas
LT Gold
Virgin
Red
Flights
My Map
d00t said:
As a WP I've never had any trouble getting reward tickets to USA (Y,J & F)..even around christmas.. calling up and requesting specific flights has worked 95% of the time.

Would it work if a platinum member called up and did the booking (using your points & the platinum members name on 1 ticket)... then once they are confirmed.. changing the name on 1 ticket to the non-WP member..

just a thought
Good question :?:

If you'de like to try it some time, you could then lets us all know the answer.

:oops: :mrgreen: :p :wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

AFF on Air Podcast

  • Summer in Europe – AIR021
    Sat, 05 Oct 2019 17:28:53 AEST
      Qantas and Virgin Australia are fighting over two rare and lucrative new landing slots for Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Meanwhile, four European airlines have gone bankrupt in ...
  • Are Loyalty Programs a Scam? – AIR020
    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:36:18 AEST
      The ACCC recently released a damning draft report into Australian loyalty schemes, calling out practices that it says may shock consumers and putting loyalty program opera ...
  • Air Chathams – AIR019
    Sat, 07 Sep 2019 16:41:06 AEST
      With less than two weeks until the upcoming Qantas Frequent Flyer changes, now is the time to make any last-minute Classic Flight Reward bookings! In this episode, Matt ch ...
  • Project Sunrise – AIR018
    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:12:31 AEST
      Later this year, Qantas will decide which aircraft it will use to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York - a feat it aims to achi ...
  • Choosing a Rewards Program – AIR017
    Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:32:24 AEST
      If you're new to the world of frequent flyer points - or moving to a new country - it can be difficult to know where to start. In this episode, Matt discusses the consider ...

Community Statistics

Threads
83,252
Messages
1,933,036
Members
50,869
Latest member
BeckyRoxz
Top