Qantas story on Today Tonight last night?

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  1. bambbbam2

    bambbbam2 Active Member

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    Just caught the end of this story, basically Qantas had offered some single mother and her kids a trip return to MCY and tickets to all the theme parks?

    Why??
     

  2. oz_mark

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  3. bambbbam2

    bambbbam2 Active Member

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    So this was the story:

    Chris had accrued 429,000 points.
    But Sarah was then dealt another blow.
    "I let Qantas know that Chris had passed and asked for the account to be transferred into my name, so that we could keep the points," she said.
    "And really, I just got a point blank 'no, he's dead, cancelled'."
    In the fine print of Qantas' terms and conditions, it states that membership will terminate automatically on the death of a member. Points earned but not yet redeemed or transferred prior to the death of the member will be cancelled.
    "I asked Qantas if they could show a little bit more compassion for me," Sarah said.
    "And they said 'no, it's in our clause and regulations', quoting chapter and verse. And I just think it stinks."

    Can you image if they had said Yes? Would have opened the floodgates! Anyway the offered her a trip anyway..
     
  4. I do feel sorry for the woman in question, it's probably the worst thing that will ever happen to her.

    Having said that, the rules are clear.

    There is no place for 'compassionate' bending of the bylaws of the program, just because someone runs off to some sleazy pseudo-current-affairs show (an act which is pretty low, in my estimation - talk about ambushing Qantas!).

    As Kimmy would say, "cruel but fair".
     
  5. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

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    While it's technically not within the rules, had the lady in question known a little more about the QFF program she'd have just transfered the points to herself from her husbands account using the family transfer. Not totally honest, but would have saved the points going wasted.
     
  6. bambbbam2

    bambbbam2 Active Member

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    Isn't there a limit on family transfers?

    She said in the article she had his PIN, so why not just transfer then let QFF know a couple of weeks later?
     
  7. oz_mark

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    I don't see that they have bent the rules. They haven't given the points back, they have offered a ex-gratia holiday.
     
  8. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    I don't know. It would seem that AA is prepared to provide transfer to the living spouse despite the programme rules stating similarly to QF.

    The programme rules are indeed clear that points are forfeit on death , so in that respect I agree that what QF did is valid, just harsh

    Obviously using TT worked, since after the programme aired, QF decided that the negative publicity was enough to make an ex gratia offer. Perhaps they will change the terms to a more compassionate level ( but I won't be holding my breath )

    Dave
     
  9. Dave Noble

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    Probably she didn't think to read the T&Cs or to ask AFF and just assumed that QF would transfer them.

    The TT report did do well and mention AFF and did have admin appear on it

    Dave
     
  10. serfty

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    Family transfer no good as maximim per transfer is 100K points and only one Family transfer type withdrawal per account per annum.

    She's had a tough go of it by the TT account, but obviously did not know the rules.

    Only realistic options once her Husband Passed away was to not tell Qantas and book the flights & accomodation online asap.

    I have heard a very few tales of this being done however ...
     
  11. crazydave98

    crazydave98 Active Member

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    I disagree about opening the floodgates, it is just Qantas being tightar5e5 (just wait until they are owned by banks). If a Velocity member dies the points can be transfered to a spouse by the executor of the will provided it is done within 12 months of the death.
     
  12. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

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    I'm going to be updating my will to include my FF account numbers and pin numbers;)
     
  13. Standby

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    I Agree wth Serfy....if you have the account and pin youre fine.
    There is no requirement to have the payment for taxes and charges done on the CC of the member...in fact use points to pay for them...keep going til there's none left.
    This is the same non logic that applies now with airport Kiosks...anyone can use anyone else's booking (so long as if the traveller is a Male the booking is tktd as a male)...by passing fare rules that airlines systems ...and thank fully airport security don't cover off by checking boarding pass name against photo ID at time of boarding or clearing security.
    Again another instance of someone trying to do the right thing being given the run-around.
    To be fair QF have been very helpful recently in sorting out travel and changes due to a family death....sometimes you get someone who bends over backwards to help and other times someone who shudnt be in the job or with the other mob the call is answered offshore and the person has difficulty with english as a first language..
     
  14. Standby

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    sorry forgot to say...stupid rule Qantas..change it..the positive customer service and empathy is worth more through continued years of family loyality than the cost of points that have been "earned" being Cancelled. Remember the old saying "p*ss off one person and they'll tell 10 ..You expect this sort of black and white stupidity from JQ not Qantas
     
  15. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

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    When a mate's father passed away, his mother said nothing to Qantas and just kept using the account booking flights for herself, and her children and their partners. His father passed away 3 years ago, and there has been no problems. The lady in question would probably have been better to have not told Qantas

    Reggie
     
  16. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    There are possible legal issues there, but is a way to deal with the restriction

    Dave
     
  17. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    Does make one wonder what Qantas would do if they found out.
     
  18. NM

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    Probably close the account :rolleyes: .
     
  19. serfty

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    :idea: One wonders whether Qantas Frequent Flyer have a profiling system where some sort of exception reporting highlights changes in earning/redemption ratios or some similar 'KERI' (Key Earning/Redemption Indicator).
     
  20. Lonely Flyer

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    I heard Qantas consortium wants to start some new business arms when they take over

    One is Qantas Life where you can use your FF points to pay your life insurance premiums.

    Only catch is if you die they cancel the policy!!!!
     
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