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Using Points To Fly a Friend to Australia?

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powervideo

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I'd like to fly a friend from Singapore to Melbourne return using my Qantas FF points. She would be travelling alone. Are their any FF gotchas in this?

Cheers,
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powervideo said:
I'd like to fly a friend from Singapore to Melbourne return using my Qantas FF points. She would be travelling alone. Are their any FF gotchas in this?

Cheers,
Peter
If using Qantas FF points for this trip, then you need to be aware of the program rules that state you can only redeem flights for eligible family members. The terms and conditions posted on the Qantas web site define the relationships that are considered eligible family members.

Some other FF programs allow redemptions for people who are not related.
 

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She will have to be an "eligible family member" for you to use your FF points for her:

'Eligible Family Member' of a member means any person the Member can demonstrate, to the reasonable satisfaction of Qantas, as being related to that Member in any of the ways described below:
  • Husband/Wife
  • Parent/Step-parent
  • Domestic Partner/De Facto
  • Child, including foster & step-child
  • Brother/Sister
  • Half Brother/Sister
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Son/Daughter-in-law
  • Brother/Sister-in-law
  • Father/Mother-in-law
  • Uncle/Aunt
  • Nephew/Niece
  • First cousin
Having said that, QF don't seem very strict on enforcing the rule: Maybe she can be your cousin...;)
 

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Depends really on the type of "friend".

There's always the "domestic partner/de facto" category, that could apply if they're a certain type of friend.

Otherwise, a long lost First cousin, or nephew/niece could quite probably fit the bill well!

I don't think Qantas actively checks, but they could at any stage, or activity on your account could flag suspicion enough for manual checks.

Is it worth it? All up to you...
 

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One thing that I dont understand is that our business uses a corporate Amex card for all possible payments in NZ. The card is in the name of one of our staff in NZ. Points accrue to a FF account and the points are used to fly any/all staff. I have never understood how this works - and it does. They recently flew 12 staff members to Oz from NZ.
 

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simongr said:
One thing that I dont understand is that our business uses a corporate Amex card for all possible payments in NZ. The card is in the name of one of our staff in NZ. Points accrue to a FF account and the points are used to fly any/all staff. I have never understood how this works - and it does. They recently flew 12 staff members to Oz from NZ.
If they have any sense, they will launder the points through AA and save a fortune in fuel surcharges, avoid the requirement to be a family member, and be earning towards lifetime AA status (Gold = 1 million miles, Plat = 2 million miles).
 

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Hadn't thought about that M - I might suggest it. Due to some management changes recently though it might not be in the forefront of their minds here in Oz - but might suggest it to NZ management.

Mind you they will not earn as many points as charges are made on corporate Amex so earn rate wouldnt be as high.

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