Return Flight Booking Penalty

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  1. MichaelJames

    MichaelJames Newbie

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    Hi All, I have used FF with Qantas to travel to the US. As the return flight was not available at the time -12 months in advance was required for the outbound flight. When the flight is then available we have to pay 10000 points to amend the booking to make it a return flight. This seem svery unfair as we are penalised for something outside our control. Any ways around this?
    Cheers MC Sam James
     

  2. serfty

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    #2 serfty, Aug 23, 2007
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    Hi MichaelJames , welcome to AFF.

    One good trick is to book the return as a separate one-way award - no penalty will be charged.

    By the terms and conditions of the Qantas FF program you would be up for a 5000 point pp re-issue fee if, in an existing QFF award booking, you change
    • Class,
    • Carrier or
    • Segment(s).

    There is such a thing as a re-validation fee of 2½K QFF p.p. points if you change dates/times only. A common strategy is to book both the outbound and a "dummy" return, then book the actual desired return when it becomes available (SG and above avoid the revalidation fee in these cases).
     
  3. Mwenenzi

    Mwenenzi Established Member

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    No airline takes bookings more than 12 months before a flight. Any award flight is not guaranteed, so a return award may never be available.
    You can book one way awards with QF
    10,000 points to change an award booking ?? How do you calculate 10000
     
  4. serfty

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    2 PAX - "... we have to pay 10000 ..."
     
  5. serfty

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    That's a Shame ...

    There is no penalty at all for having one-way flights in two separate bookings. (Actually it may be cheaper for having two bookings).

    e.g.
    • MEL-LAX in WHY is 48000 QFF points and $223.79.
    • LAX-MEL in WHY is 48000 QFF points and USD101.47
    • MEL-LAX-MEL is 96000 QFF points and $385.11
    Cheers ...
     
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