Releasing Classic award seats

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Hi, I have been reading in the threads that WP members can ring up & request classic award seats to be released for their chosen flights if possible.
I am trying to finalise a Business Class Oneworld award booking for 11 months time for myself & my wife & the seats in one of the sectors have just disappeared. Yes, I know I should have booked what was available & then added the extra sectors as they became released for the small change fee - kicking myself now (my wife is kicking me too!) for missing out on these!
Anyway, I don't have any status with Qantas - I presume another WP can't request award seats to be released for me? (yes, wishful thinking I know!)
Any other suggestions?
Thanks, Gary.
 

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Hi, I have been reading in the threads that WP members can ring up & request classic award seats to be released for their chosen flights if possible.
I am trying to finalise a Business Class Oneworld award booking for 11 months time for myself & my wife & the seats in one of the sectors have just disappeared. Yes, I know I should have booked what was available & then added the extra sectors as they became released for the small change fee - kicking myself now (my wife is kicking me too!) for missing out on these!
Anyway, I don't have any status with Qantas - I presume another WP can't request award seats to be released for me? (yes, wishful thinking I know!)
Any other suggestions?
Thanks, Gary.

It's true they can release seats for certain PAX, if yield management allows it... but I don't know if that also applies to a segment on the xONE awards. Others I'm sure would know from some experience. Is the segment a QF marketed and operated one? I would give them a call and discuss your options. The online tools (even the OW planner) are not always comprehensive with what they show you, and so there may be something they can see, which you can't.

Good luck!
 
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This is one of the many things I have not done (it involves a phone call..... ) . However I had a question - can I request an award flight be released for a family member - in this case our oldest daughter. She would be travelling on her own I.e not joining us or anything? I understand there is no guarantee, but just not sure if it applies just to the primary member ( and family who might be travelling with them), or whether you can request for any family member? We would obviously be paying for it with our points?
 
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Finally phoned up and requested an award to be released for Dr FM in September. Unfortunately not successful, so I have had to go and book a flight using money :(. fortunately a J sale on so price was reasonable. However it was a very pleasant experience - can't remember the name of the lady who dealt with me, but she was very pleasant and seemed genuinely disappointed that the request was rejected. I am currently sitting on 0/1 for award releases and 0/2 for international upgrade requests. I guess it is a numbers game and the more I request the more likely to have some successes, but luck plays it part and I have never been lucky. :).
 

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I am also 0/1 for award releases, and about 50% for international upgrade requests.
 

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I've had almost every award release go through, and will be so sad to lose this perk when I drop to SG in March next year.

Have released on SYD-LAX, MEL-LAX multiple times in J and F, (if unsuccessful, I try dates either side).
 
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I've had almost every award release go through, and will be so sad to lose this perk when I drop to SG in March next year.

Have released on SYD-LAX, MEL-LAX multiple times in J and F, (if unsuccessful, I try dates either side).
yes unfortunately this was SYD-JNB so no F option and Dr FM was totally restricted on dates. I am sure flexibility is an important factor - my lovely phone person did offer to try other dates and also PE.
 

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I'm 3/3 for requests.
F to HKG and J from BKK over xmas/new year and F to LAX late September.

Found it to be a great offer!
 

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It didn't take Qantas long. Log in to QF, do a search for Classic awards MEL-LHR in J with QF9/10 and you are offered only Y. No offers for J or PE, not even with the info icon telling you your MEL-DXB leg will be in Y. Here endeth the usefulness of FF points to book a J seat to London.
 

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No release here for a phone made this week - 11 months out.
 

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Ive noticed that there rarely (never??) J awards released for QF11 and recently (perhaps since the announcement of additional MEL-LAX flight a few times a week) I've noticed none released for QF93 either. If I'm wrong there I stand corrected but has anyone had any luck having classic award seats released for either of these two A380 flights? At some point will be looking for one F & 2 J awards on one of these flights. No problem with the F but never see any J.
 

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No release here for a phone made this week - 11 months out.
I managed to get business class seat released HKG-SYD late Jan 2015 on A380.

They would not release economy seat. I guess it is luck of the drsw.
 

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Ive noticed that there rarely (never??) J awards released for QF11 and recently (perhaps since the announcement of additional MEL-LAX flight a few times a week) I've noticed none released for QF93 either. If I'm wrong there I stand corrected but has anyone had any luck having classic award seats released for either of these two A380 flights? At some point will be looking for one F & 2 J awards on one of these flights. No problem with the F but never see any J.

Yep. Had a single P class seat released on QF11 in July for travel at the end of September.
 
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Thanks. Any thoughts on whether they'd do 2 in J immediately that a flight becomes available for booking?
 
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