To Upgrade or Not!

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Should DPG upgrade from J to F for 40,000 points?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. DPG

    DPG Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Well on this thread I need to get some advice from you all.

    I have a points upgrade request from J to F for a JNB-SYD flight at the end of March... What I am trying to work out is: Is it Worth It?

    I have no problems in the Skybed in terms of sleeping, meals, drinks and service, but I would like to know what F is like, but I am sure I could live without.

    What would you all do in this situation... 40,000 points is almost a one way J fare to Asia... So the points may be better used elsewhere.

    If you can let me know why or why not, it would be great as well!

    Thanks in Advance everyone!

    D P G

  2. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    i think it depends on whether you will have the opportunity to fly F at some other time. if you do, then i would hold off, as you say business class is all you require.

    i think if you can get someone else to pay F for you then that is a good thing.
  3. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    I have the same situation a few months ago - but for LHR to SYD. I decided not to - purely on the basis that 60,000 is a oneway J to Hong Kong.

    One important thing to bear in mind is that Skybeds have not finished rollout on JNB to SYD. Completion is scheduled for end of March 06 - but you never know...

    Quote from QF website is "Between 3 December 2005 and 11 March 2006 one flight per week on Saturday will operate on a B747-300 aircraft via Perth which does not have Skybed."

    If you've got the points to spare, and its not likely that you'll have the opportunity to fly F soon, I say go for it.
  4. bfmi

    bfmi Intern

    Feb 8, 2006
    Save em for a free flight + taxes.

    Don't encourage QF in their belief that people find using their points for upgrades attractive (especially since they hiked the points required from reasonable to crazy).
    QFF Plat (OW Emerald), 82% to Lifetime Silver, UA 1K, KrisFlyer PPS. SPG Platinum, HHonors Gold.
  5. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    This is not worth it all.

    There used to be a situation that if the flight had the Dreamtime Seats in J, an upgrade to F would generally be considered a good option by most.

    However, these days, NO Qantas aircraft with dreamtime J seats has F class anyway. So that point is moot.
  6. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    I took my first trip in F in January to Singapore. It was paid for by work and only $300 more than the J rack rate.

    While it was a very pleasant experience, the differences would not be worth spending 40,000 points on, IMO.

    The things I liked about F were:
    ● ordering food from a menu when I felt like it (not when QF decided I should have it)
    ● being the first person to step off the plane;
    ● the totally flat bed
    ● the space

    The food itself did not seem all that much different to the food in J, albeit the additional choices.

    My return flight had so few people on board that it felt like I was on a private flight. You forget how many hundreds of pax are behind you as the F cabin is a small cocoon. However I tend to sit upstairs in J and it has the same small private cabin feel.
  7. Damien

    Damien Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    As said above, the difference between a skybed and F is so minimal it isn't worth 40,000 points. It's not like upgrading from Y to J.

    Having said that if you have points to burn and really want the experience, then go for it.
  8. DPG

    DPG Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Thanks everyone for the replies...

    Just to add a little more information... I doubt at any time soon someone will pay for a F ticket, let alone any ticket! So the likelyhoods of me being in F are very slim (only really using points or an operation upgrade, and I am not kidding myself that they are common!

    I guess the main motivation for me would be to see what it is like, as a selling tool for my job. But even that is a relatively moot point as I would have only had 1-2 pax travelling in F in the past year...

    So, from the impression I have got from everyone, it is not worth it. I can't even say I have points to burn (am sitting at just under 30k, and my next few flights will get me the points required. I guess the only thing still making me thinking of doing it is so I just know what it is like...

    Once again, thanks all for your replies, and I will work it out when I have an opportunity to speak to QF to cancel the request (Can't do it online as it doesn't like my 20 sector itinerary.)

    D P G from Stockholm!
  9. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
  10. DPG

    DPG Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    C'mon JohnK, why such a definate no?


    D P G
  11. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
    I pushed the submit button before I could give a full explanation. :wink:

    Nah. Seriously if I had the opportunity to upgrade from J to F for only 40,000 points I would jump at the chance. But I don't earn the ff points quickly enough or fly in J often enough to have this opportunity.

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy the experience if you decide to fly F. :)
  12. mick

    mick Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    I had the opportunity to fly RTW in F by using points a couple of years back and I was very glad I stepped up to experience what it was like.

    Having said that, as I'm not as frequent a flyer as most of the fine folk here are (I've been PS for 10 years), I saw it as a great opportunity at the time, not having the possibility of repeating it in the foreseeable future.

    My take on why most folk don't think it's a good idea to upgrade is because they reckon that 40,000 points is a lot to pay for a J to F upgrade... What I put to you is: how long before the number of points for the same upgrade goes up, making it even more out of reach?

    I'd go for it! :wink:
  13. DPG

    DPG Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Okay, once again thanks for all of the imput...

    I think at this point I will leave the upgrade request in, and leave it with the (QF) gods! :D

    Also, I worked out that it should only be 35,000 points for the upgrade, so i am only a couple of thousand points shy, and by the end of this leg of my trip (even with the upgrade) I should still have some points.

    As mick said, it is only a matter of time before the beanies at QF decide that it is not enough points and jack it up by more again! It is not soomething I can see myself doing again soon (or someone doing for me!) so what do I have to loose (other than 35,000 points!).

    I will let you all know how it goes (as long as the QF gods are on my side!) :twisted:

    D P G

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