Proof of relationship for Points transfers

Discussion in 'Qantas Frequent Flyer Program' started by justinbrett, Nov 6, 2006.

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  1. justinbrett

    justinbrett Active Member

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    My housemate and I (who is also a work collegue and a good friend) are going to Europe next year.

    He isn't a FF and obviously has no points. Just wondering, if I book a trip for both of us on my membership - and put him down as a step-brother or something - do you have to show any documentation to prove it?

    We obviously live at the same address and can prove that, thinking that probably makes it a lot easier.

    Can't see why Qantas would care as long as the points are coming from somewhere.
     

  2. Maca44

    Maca44 Established Member

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    Under similar circumstances as yourself I travelled with my "brother in law" to Europe on two occasions using my points, and I was never asked for proof of family relationship.
     
  3. NM

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    I have not been asked for proof when redeeming award flights for my sister-in-law who has a different name and different address to me. But she really is my sister-in-law and I was wiling and able to prove it if required.

    On FT there are several reports of people in the USA being asked for proof or relationship.
     
  4. kelpie

    kelpie Intern

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    They could not give a rats.

    My mates (sorry, "cousins") and I have been trading points ever since they invented the family points transfer. Once you get a circle of a good half dozen FFers the "one transfer per year" rule isn't too restrictive either.

    Why would Qantas care? When the points stay on their books it is a liability for them. They want them burnt, even if it doesn't seem that way sometimes.
     
  5. one9

    one9 Active Member

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    I think the reason where Qantas care is that they don't want business people using points to book business flights for other employees etc., where they normally would pay (business class too). This especially become more likely with small businesses with directors having millions of points.
     
  6. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    I flew my "wife" on a couple of trips once. Qantas didn't seem to mind, but she took up an unhealthy interest in jewellery shops :shock:
     
  7. Alan in CBR

    Alan in CBR Member

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    Since you live at the same address you could always say he's your spouse. I'm sure Qantas is very open-minded about such matters.
     
  8. My daughter and I just exchanged 12K points. Apart from the fact that we have the same surname, QF have no idea whether we are related or not. Go for it:!:
     
  9. turtlemichael

    turtlemichael Established Member

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    I hear QF is considering adding a new category to the already long list - "we're just good friends" - for cases like this ;)
     
  10. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Without giving too much away I would say go for it and do the points transfer.

    I don't think anyone checks but cannot rule out the occassional random check initiated by the computer software. There are too many, over 4 million, FF'ers that anyone can accurately check names, addresses and the relationship of the people involved.
     
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