Return Flight Booking Penalty | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Return Flight Booking Penalty

Not open for further replies.


Aug 23, 2007
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


Nov 16, 2004
My Map
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).
Last edited:


Established Member
May 17, 2006
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


Nov 16, 2004
My Map
via PM

serfty said:
2 flihgts. Cheers MC Sam james
MichaelJames said:
Hi FF wanted to charge us 2 travellers booked at the same time 5000 each. After protracted arguments they let us of with 5000 for the 2 flights. Cheers MC Sam James
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).

  • 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 ...
Not open for further replies.

AFF on Air Podcast

  • The Qantas Oneworld Award – AIR015
    Sat, 13 Jul 2019 02:07:50 AEST
      Learn how to fly around the world using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points as Matt chats to James Green, an award travel consultant at Frequent Flyer Solutions. This episode ...
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Changes – AIR014
    Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:40:35 AEST
      Last week, Qantas announced a major shake-up to its Qantas Frequent Flyer program. In this episode, former Head of Loyalty at Malaysia Airlines, Mark Ross-Smith, joins Matt ...
  • jb747’s Stellar Career with Qantas – AIR013
    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:00:41 AEST
      In this special edition of the podcast, Matt chats to John Bartels (a.k.a. jb747) about his flying career with Qantas, the A380, the QF30 incident, flight training, retirem ...
  • Cheap Virgin Australia Business Class – AIR012
    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 03:05:28 AEST
      Find out how to get cut-price Virgin Australia Business Class tickets by buying and redeeming Etihad Guest miles! This episode also includes some listener Q&A and an interv ...
  • Star Alliance Status – AIR011
    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:39:41 AEST
      Find out how to easily earn Star Alliance Gold status with several different frequent flyer programs! This episode also includes an interview with John Blom, Australia’s ...

Community Statistics

Latest member
Steve Trainor