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Qantas booking experience Multicity vs point2 point

Vic

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I just wanted to share an experience and a warning about Qantas Multicity bookings. I'm looking at flight to the US, DCA, so there are a few legs to complete. On the outbound there are sale economy fares, and on the return there are no sale fares, only Saver.
A straight return booking will only give me the second flight of the day connecting in SYD to a flight to LAX. But I can get a Saver fare for the return legs, and this is important because the Saver is upgradable with points.

If I use multicity to get the first flight of the day, with all other flight being exactly the same. All of the fares are now classed as Sale fares - But the dollar cost is exactly the same to the cent. There is no price difference using multi city and selecting the second flight of the day, the advantage of the first flight is an extra hour of first lounge time.

That's a bit of a rip off being put onto non-upgradeable fares for the same dollar cost.
 

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I just wanted to share an experience and a warning about Qantas Multicity bookings. I'm looking at flight to the US, DCA, so there are a few legs to complete. On the outbound there are sale economy fares, and on the return there are no sale fares, only Saver.
A straight return booking will only give me the second flight of the day connecting in SYD to a flight to LAX. But I can get a Saver fare for the return legs, and this is important because the Saver is upgradable with points.

If I use multicity to get the first flight of the day, with all other flight being exactly the same. All of the fares are now classed as Sale fares - But the dollar cost is exactly the same to the cent. There is no price difference using multi city and selecting the second flight of the day, the advantage of the first flight is an extra hour of first lounge time.

That's a bit of a rip off being put onto non-upgradeable fares for the same dollar cost.
I had the same experience. Searched multi city fares from SYD-DEL and the final ticket moved to Sale fare for the same $ as Saver, thus making my ticket non-upgradable :(
 

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That's a very worthwhile caution.
As you are no doubt aware the results in multicity will also vary depending on whether you choose the "cheapest" or "most flexible" option at the beginning.
As far as I can see the only solution would be to call the call centre and get them to make the booking for you.
They can choose the specific fare bucket individually for each sector.
If you present this as a flaw in the booking engine and go on and on about how you've been trying for hours to make it work they may even waive the fees.
 
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If you present this as a flaw in the booking engine and go on and on about how you've been trying for hours to make it work they may even waive the fees.
Agree on this point. I did this for one of my bookings and the friendly agent on the other end of the phone waived the booking fee
 

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It is very much a value proposition. I'm not sure if an extra hour of first lounge is better value than the upgrade lottery at the end of a 4 day US trip.
Actually being upgraded would be better value than extra lounge time. But we all know upgrade success can be pretty rare.
 

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It is very much a value proposition. I'm not sure if an extra hour of first lounge is better value than the upgrade lottery at the end of a 4 day US trip.
Actually being upgraded would be better value than extra lounge time. But we all know upgrade success can be pretty rare.
Your success in the upgrade lottery very much depends on your QFF status.
 
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