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Upgrades on split PNRs

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doctau

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Back in October I booked some flights for (now-)mrsdoctau and I for the start of July in mixed Y/J, and since we were getting married before then used my surname which she's taking. That turns out to have been a stupid thing to do because, as I've now found out, three months isn't apparently enough time to get passports changed - Births, Deaths and Marriages haven't even gotten our marriage certificate to us seven weeks later. Being a month out with little chance of having it done, I'm in the process of changing passenger names.

I talked to Qantas and they were quite helpful, despite the fact it's made complex by being a mix of QF, QF codeshare on EK, and MH flights. To do it, they've split the PNR and I'm wondering how that's going to affect an upgrade request.


From what I read, we'd then be considered for upgrades separately (me as SG and her as NB) on the QF Y segment. I don't think mrsdoctau would be very happy with us split between two cabin (even if she somehow got one and I didn't). If one of us got an upgrade and the other didn't, can you reject it or is it too late at that point?

Maybe the best idea would be to check the J cabin load a few days before, and cancel the requests if it's unlikely we'd both get upgraded.
 

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Can the PNRs be rejoined or a note made that any upgrade request must be successful for both parties?

Once the upgrade has been processed you generally lose your original seat so if you're currently seated together in desirable seats you may end up apart for that journey.
 
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doctau

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My limited understanding is that once split, you can't re-join PNRs and all you can do is have a TCP (To Complete Party) annotation on the ticket so they are "linked". I guess it can't hurt to ask though once they're stopped fiddling with the PNR setting everything back up.
 

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You can tell you're just getting married, the rest of us would just put in the requests on the seperate bookings and pray that we get the upgrade instead of the wife!

You'll be together forever, a few hours on a plane while you sleep and watch movies isn't a big deal after all.
 

doctau

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You can tell you're just getting married, the rest of us would just put in the requests on the seperate bookings and pray that we get the upgrade instead of the wife!

The flight is question is one of the outgoing one on our few-months-later honeymoon, so I think it's best to keep her on side ;)
 

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So two and a half weeks after splitting it, her QF codeshare on EK flight has finally re-ticketed. Apparently to change a name, they have to cancel the booking and rebook it again through the Qantas-Emirates helpdesk, which is very slow (and loses your seat selection etc). On the good side, they appear to have forgotten to charge me the change fee :)

I know it's three weeks our, but flight loadings are looking good for getting a points upgrade so far!
 
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