Return Flight Booking Penalty

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MichaelJames

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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
 

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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).
 
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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
 
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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).

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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