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Qantas Booking Class code Changes

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There has been a post on FT referring to a reliable source that with the introduction of Qantas WHY+ there are necessary changes being made. SOme of these are in relation to the booking class letter categories, apparently lining them up with BA's.

Here is a link to that post(/thread): Qantas - New Products ...

To summarise the changes to booking classes:
Code:
[U]By Booking Code[/U]

Code Old Description                      New Description
  
 P   Discount First class                 First class Award Redemption
 T   Gold/Platinum whY Award redemption   Discount Premium Economy
 W   Discount Economy                     Full fare Premium Economy
 X'  (subclass)                           Gold/Platinum whY Award redemption
 Z   First class Award Redemption         Premium Economy award redemption

[U]By Fare Bucket Description[/U]

Description                               Old  New   

Discount First class                       P    ? (A?)
Discount Premium Economy                  n/a   T
Economy Flexi Saver domestic fare          W    B (merged into)
Full fare Premium Economy                 n/a   W
First class Award Redemption               Z    P
Gold/Platinum whY Award redemption         T    X' (Subclass)
Premium Economy award redemption          n/a   Z
 

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Thanks for the info Serfty.

I have been watching the rules of the WEEL1Y fare (World Traveller Plus Flexi Saver fare - cf. Australian Travel Agent : Best Flights - discount travel - Travel Agent Australia) to see when QF premium economy might come up. THis fare is listed as being available for ticketing through both BA and QF.

The ticket price has increased like other WT+ fare increases according to industry sites (but in this case it looks to be by a whopping 34%), but Best Flights seem to have forgotten to update their prices. I'm sure they would probably do their best to wiggle out of it!
 
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I hope this doesnt mean that award bookings already made in Z for late next year get confused and given Y+ !!
 

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odoherty said:
I hope this doesnt mean that award bookings already made in Z for late next year get confused and given Y+ !!
Now that be interesting for someone turning up at the airport expecting F :evil: .
 
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NM said:
Now that be interesting for someone turning up at the airport expecting F :evil: .
Interesting for us, not for the pax concerned, I'm sure
 

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I assume neither EF nor KVS allows querying for "sub-classes" like X'?

So let me get this right - part of the obligations of the new OW airlines was alignment of classes to existing OW airlines. And now QF is diverging from this alignment/commonality? I have heard nothing of AA moving Z around from F award, what about CX and BA - do they intend to as well?
 

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alect said:
I assume neither EF nor KVS allows querying for "sub-classes" like X'?

So let me get this right - part of the obligations of the new OW airlines was alignment of classes to existing OW airlines. And now QF is diverging from this alignment/commonality? I have heard nothing of AA moving Z around from F award, what about CX and BA - do they intend to as well?
This information has come only from a website which is hardly authoritative

If they are tinkering, it looks like they plan to link T and W to being purchased WT+ as per BA, so I would be more inclined to expect P to become the WT+ award as per BA and Z to remain as a 1st award.

Not all redemption codes are the same across OW currently anyway ( e.g. BA and QF use X for economy awards, whilst AA uses T; QF uses T as additional economy award pool for gold/silver whilst BA uses V for their gold members )

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Confusion reigns supreme. If P class will be the new first class award redemption on QF then this may cause some issues as AA YUPs are booked into P class.
 

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Dave Noble said:
If they are tinkering, it looks like they plan to link T and W to being purchased WT+ as per BA, so I would be more inclined to expect P to become the WT+ award as per BA and Z to remain as a 1st award.
The original source has a very much proven record for accuracy. When he states things like this, in my experience he is yet to be shown incorrect. He does have inside knowledge ;) and only posts about such things once confirmed to him. So I would be inclined to expect P and Z to be changed as suggested.
 

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NM said:
The original source has a very much proven record for accuracy. When he states things like this, in my experience he is yet to be shown incorrect. He does have inside knowledge ;) and only posts about such things once confirmed to him. So I would be inclined to expect P and Z to be changed as suggested.
I still am not inclined to trust stuff just posted on a bulletin board for future changes and will just wait and see what happens, not that I can find any real interest in an award booking class change anyway :)

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The source was a staff email sent to all flight centre staff, so I would presume they would have checked it before sending it.
 

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JohnK said:
Confusion reigns supreme. If P class will be the new first class award redemption on QF then this may cause some issues as AA YUPs are booked into P class.

Shouldn't be an issue. Different airlines use different classes for things. In the main, the confusion arises with Travel Agents more than FF schemes as they have to decipher what the fare code is. For example, I was once offered First Class DJ tickets Brisbane-Melbourne due to the travel agent stuffing up the conversion of fare basis into class.
 
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