QF ADL Sale flights crediting zero points - “Private corporate airfare”

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I recently completed a SYD-ADL return trip using the special QF sale that came out a couple of months ago. Something like $99 each-way booked through a specific QF web page.

The flights appear on my QBR activity but zero points eg:

QF740 operated by QF - DISCOUNT ECONOMY ADELAIDE/SYDNEY
Private corporate airfare

Does that make sense? Anyone experienced similar?

EDIT: BTW, the flights credited correctly to my QFF account with points and SCs
 
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Did you earn points and SC on your QF account?

This is ringing bells for me. I'm sure I've had something like this come up on QBR for me previously for a domestic flight. I can't recall how or why, but I know it was resolved in the end after contacting QBR.
 

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Did you earn points and SC on your QF account?

This is ringing bells for me. I'm sure I've had something like this come up on QBR for me previously for a domestic flight. I can't recall how or why, but I know it was resolved in the end after contacting QBR.
Yeah, I meant to mention that normal points/SCs posted on my QFF account.

I’ll lodge a missing points claim and see what happens.
 

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You've prompted me to look back on my QBR statements now. I'm not seeing points ever being added for my flights that fell under "Private corporate airfare". I really can't recall if QBR gave me a good reason for this or I just decided to give up on the battle given total points would have only been around 1000.

I actually have a feeling the flights in question were booked as a sale fare for friends and family of QF staff. Perhaps that was the reason it was classed as a Private corporate airfare for me and no points awarded.
 

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I've also just checked, and my CBR-ADL sale flights also posted on my QBR account as "private corporate airfare" with no points earned.

Did the SA sale T&Cs state that no QBR points would be earned, or is this an error?

I tried to submit a "missing points claim" but it wouldn't accept it as the flight already appears on my account.
 

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I've also just checked, and my CBR-ADL sale flights also posted on my QBR account as "private corporate airfare" with no points earned.

Did the SA sale T&Cs state that no QBR points would be earned, or is this an error?

I tried to submit a "missing points claim" but it wouldn't accept it as the flight already appears on my account.
No idea on restrictions. Nothing in the general QBR Ts&Cs exclusions leap out.

I booked mid March and completed travel about a week ago. I don’t have a promo email so perhaps the special sale must have been one of those banners on the website? As per my OP, I do recall you had to go to a specific page to book the fare (which may have included KGC also). I probably would have noticed any exclusions on QBR but maybe that’s potential the issue that this fare wasn’t bootable directly via the QBR portal. I added ABN later.

As usual with QF, there’s no indication of actual fare bucket on the e-Ticket and none of my travel apps/websites provide that level of detail…

Might have to try the QF FF email approach.
 
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They were done in partnership with SATC, so probably some sort of deal/rebate thing happening.
 

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I found the original T&Cs for this promotion:


* Prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, one-way Economy and correct as at 10 March 2021 but may fluctuate if fees, taxes or carrier charges change. For payment options other than BPAY, POLi or Qantas issued UATP, a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $11 for domestic travel. Please note we cannot accept BPAY as a method of payment within 7 days of your departure date. Travel dates 19 April – 17 September 2021 (excluding blackout period 26 June - 11 July 2021). Selected travel dates and days apply, and fares may not be available on all flights or days. To access the $99 one-way sale fares or $169 one way sale fares, a return economy journey must be purchased at qantas.com/sasale. Availability is limited. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Food and beverage offerings vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. Offer may be extended. Visit qantas.com for full conditions. New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024 and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. QantasLink state licence numbers - NSW: 2TA000237, VIC: 30362, QLD 407, SA: TTA155, TAS: TAS049, ACT: 18800205, TAS: TAS049. Northern Territory and Western Australia QantasLink flights operated by National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203 and Network Aviation ABN 93 533 934 838. QantasLink state licence numbers - WA: 9TA52, NT: LTA010.

No mention of Qantas Business Rewards points not being earned.
 

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I found the original T&Cs for this promotion:




No mention of Qantas Business Rewards points not being earned.
I added a link to the QBR Ts&Cs in my previous (although I’m not sure that link now takes you to the correct spot). It should be the “Exclusion apply” on QBR claim missing points page.

I’m wondering if these fares were categorised under exclusion
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You'd actually need to call QBR rather than emailing QF. I've always found calls to QBR are answered pretty quickly.
They have a seperate QBR enquiry form also but I called this morning and did get through straight away (albeit possibly to an offshore call centre).

She wasn’t able to sort it there and then but took the details and would get back to me. I pondered a HUCA but will give them the chance to sort it.
 

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The response from QF (only 24 hrs later - so that wasn't bad) except it says:

"Unfortunately this fare type is not eligible to earn Qantas points in Qantas Business Rewards, as it is a private discounted fare. Please refer to your travel agent."

I've gone back and said that I booked directly with QF - please clarify....
 

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The response from QF (only 24 hrs later - so that wasn't bad) except it says:

"Unfortunately this fare type is not eligible to earn Qantas points in Qantas Business Rewards, as it is a private discounted fare. Please refer to your travel agent."

I've gone back and said that I booked directly with QF - please clarify....

Ugh - clearly the rep had no idea and just sent back a standard response. This needs to be escalated to somebody higher up.
 

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Ugh - clearly the rep had no idea and just sent back a standard response. This needs to be escalated to somebody higher up.
Yep. I'll give them one last go...

I'm curious to know what distinguishing mark or feature tags these fares to land in the bit bucket? There's nothing in the QBR Ts&Cs that excludes certain fare classes - that I could see - not that we get to see the fare class at the best of times with QF!
 

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Certain B class corporate fares don’t earn QBR points I know that for sure.
 

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It's not about fare classes in this case. It is about certain fares, such as corporate fares not earning.

But also remember that leisure travel is excluded in QBR, and that is what these fares were aimed at. (Normally, Qantas can't tell if you are travelling for leisure, or as part of a small business trip)
 

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(Normally, Qantas can't tell if you are travelling for leisure, or as part of a small business trip)
Is that strictly correct? When I make a booking, there is a sliding button saying “I’m travelling for [my QBR company]”, so they know, if I tell them. Maybe that slider doesn’t come up for ‘special’ fares??
 
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It's not about fare classes in this case. It is about certain fares, such as corporate fares not earning.

But also remember that leisure travel is excluded in QBR, and that is what these fares were aimed at. (Normally, Qantas can't tell if you are travelling for leisure, or as part of a small business trip)
Yeah, I alluded to that in a earlier post. The dedicated booking page would have meant that you couldn’t book directly through the QBR portal. But given that you can add your ABN later to biz travel I’m not sure what the actual difference would be.

I didn’t book them but some of the WA (take a friend offers etc) had similar special booking pages. So they’ll probably be treated similarly…).
 

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Is that strictly correct? When I make a booking, there is a sliding button saying “I’m travelling for [my QBR company], so they know, if I tell them. Maybe that slider doesn’t come up for ‘special’ fares??
Doesn't that just automates adding your ABN? Not sure it applies discounts (if any)?

But as above, it’s simple to add ABN later.
 
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The response from QF (only 24 hrs later - so that wasn't bad) except it says:

"Unfortunately this fare type is not eligible to earn Qantas points in Qantas Business Rewards, as it is a private discounted fare. Please refer to your travel agent."

I've gone back and said that I booked directly with QF - please clarify....
So I get another response earlier today after I pointed out that I booked direct with QF. The response is basically the same but more convoluted wording including:

“Private fares are made available to certain groups of customer through certain booking channels. They offer discounts and/or different conditions to corresponding published fares.

Unfortunately this fare type is not eligible to earn Qantas points in Qantas Business Rewards, as it is a private discounted fare.

Some private fares are available to QBR members, some are not. For example, a discounted private fare designated for a business with a corporate deal, and distributed through travel agency, is not available to a QBR member who is not on a corporate deal.

Further, QBR member Deal fares are technically private fares but are eligible to earn Qantas Points in QBR because they are specifically designed for the purpose.”


Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Adelaide/South Oz promotion was publicly available to all????
 
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