Upgrades out of HK

Discussion in 'Qantas Frequent Flyer Program' started by Nightwatchman, Jun 16, 2006.

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  1. Nightwatchman

    Nightwatchman Junior Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    Just new to the forum - looks interesting with many tips and much advice to check out.

    One immediate questionnaire I have relates to the likelihood of getting an upgrade on a Hong Kong to Sydney flight (QF128 to be precise) for myself and Mrs Nightwatchman.

    I'm a Platinum FF which seems to count in my favour, but is anyone able to offer an opinion as to the likelihood of successdfully using points to upgrade on this sector?


  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    To give you a proper answer, it would depend on the actual flights involved (ie. Which date?).

    As a Plat, you're in the front portion of the queue which helps (Only Chairman's Lounge and Plats who requested an upgrade are in front of you).

    But yeah, it does depend on what date you're flying really. No seats free in Business class does kinda impede your chance of an upgrade.
  3. QF WP


    Jun 20, 2002
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    Points upgrades on International sectors are done via registering within the 90 day window, either via QF Reservations or online.

    As Mal pointed out, as you are a Plat member, irrespective of when you register, you are in the queue only behind Chairman's Club and other Plat members who registered before you.
  4. Nightwatchman

    Nightwatchman Junior Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    #4 Nightwatchman, Jun 17, 2006
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2006
    Thanks for this.

    This flight is not until late September, so too soon to even register for an upgrade.

    I noticed in some other threads, references to monitoring how many seats are available in different fair types within business class, and even checking seating plans for available seats - how does one going about checking this stuff?
  5. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Welcome to AFF Nightwatchman :)

    There are a number of availability tools - some free and some require subscription.

    The main subscription services used by regulars here seems to be KVS, Expert Flyer and AFF's own Frequent Flyer Friend (award availability on QF and UA only I believe).
  6. Nightwatchman

    Nightwatchman Junior Member

    Jun 16, 2006

    I had a quick look back through previous thread to see if there has been much discussion as to which of these tools are considered the best, but couldn't see anything.

    Has anyone any recommendations (given I am a QF FF)?
  7. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    I use Expert Flyer and find it very good; also , since it is web based, I can access it from any PC rather than needing an app installled

  8. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    I agree with Dave.
    Expertflyer is money well spent.
    I subscribe to the premium level, which gives access to fare information as well - and this is a very valuable feature that can certainly help save a few $$ !
  9. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    I certainly got value from my ExpertFlyer membership on my last DONE4 itinerary.

    There are some things you can to improve your points upgrade chances. The first is to plan well ahead and get onto the waitlist as early as possible. The next is to plan to travel mid-week. Flights departing HKG on a Friday evening are going to be full of paying passengers, while a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday are less likely to be full of business travellers.

    My QF30 HKG-MEL flight last week was upgraded using Upgrade Credits. The upgrade was still showing as "waitlisted" on the QF FF web site about 24 hours out, but the UCs had been removed from my account, so I knew it has been successfully cleared. CheckMyTrip was also showing the business class seat had been cancelled and First Class was showing confirmed about 24 hours before the flight.

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