Using QFF points to upgrade on CX

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Ben170292

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Hi,

I am flying CX in a few days on an L fare(unsure if thats good), is it possible to use QFF points to upgrade from economy to PE or Business?

I did a bit of searching but its all a bit confusing.

Thanks, Ben
 

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Friends just returned from CX flights. He has status with Qantas (SG or WP) and CX either upgraded them on every sector or gave them a row to themselves if no upgrade available. Maybe you might be lucky?
 

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Thanks for the replies,
That's not the news I wanted haha.
Can you not do this because of the fare class or are you not able to do it on any fare class?

Sadly I don't have any status so I doubt I'll get any upgrade for free.

Ben
 

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Thanks for the replies,
That's not the news I wanted haha.
Can you not do this because of the fare class or are you not able to do it on any fare class?

Sadly I don't have any status so I doubt I'll get any upgrade for free.

Ben

I think it's just "the rules". We learnt from our experience too.
 

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In general you can't upgrade on another oneworld/partner airline, even with a QF flight number (which can confuse people).
It seems Star Alliance is slightly ahead in this regard as they do offer, from very high fare classes (eg: Y/B type) upgrades between carriers, or some of them (and UA has a relationship with LH going back years that allowed upgrades using each's miles, which worked... mostly)... in this regard OW and QF is quite behind.

So in general you need an aircraft operated by QF with a QF flight number to upgrade with QFF.

Sorry these are not the droids... I mean answers... you're looking for.
 

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While the QFF upgrade restriction to both QF flight numbers and QF metal might be disappointing for some, would we be happy if members of other OneWorld FF programs could use their points for upgrades on QF flights? I recall AFF threads from a fews years ago with comments that QF should satisfy their own FF members first before accommodating other OW program members. So, the extension of this thinking is CX and other OW airlines should adopt a similar policy.
 

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Agree with that sentiment.

I think it's also a technical issue. I mean why should CX, for example, give QF that much access to their inventory? Sure, requests could go through for the appropriate fare classes etc, but I am thinking each carrier probably does not want that much visibility over their inventory. Remember, in ways, QF and it's partners still compete on various routes, so it's in each carriers interests to have a certain level of opaqueness to each other (there may even be laws around this in some places, I am not certain).

Either way, while on the one hand it seems unfriendly to consumers, if you opened up to your partners it just massively increases the demand until only your mega top tiers get a chance at a scarce number of seats. I tend to agree with the current system.
 

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There is one way. Cash in your QF points for woolworths/fuel/David Jones etc vouchers. Sell the vouchers on ebay for cash. Use the cash to change your CX fare to business class :):shock:
 

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I received a free upgrade for my first sector at check in, Sometimes asking can work :), Now to some how get the next sector upgraded, any ideas?
 

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I received a free upgrade for my first sector at check in, Sometimes asking can work :), Now to some how get the next sector upgraded, any ideas?

Enjoy...money talks (eye-wateringly so with CX to rebook to a higher class)
 
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Row to yourself is a good thing to aim for.
I can say so as on the 737, (threadjack) on my QFd flight today, a pretty full flight, I had a whole 26A-C to myself.
Not sure if its because I am now QF SG, or it was just by chance.
Yah, just ask, all they can say is no, or wink wink, magically it happens.
 

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Don't mean to be rude...

I received a free upgrade for my first sector at check in, Sometimes asking can work :),
You asked for an upgrade? You do realise that most check-in agents frown upon people asking. Be careful one day you don't instead receive a downgrade to your carefully selected economy seat.

Now to some how get the next sector upgraded, any ideas?
Pay for business class in the first place.

Yeah, if they say no to an upgrade I will ask if I can have a spare seat next to me
You are still young, aren't you?
 

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I received a free upgrade for my first sector at check in, Sometimes asking can work :), Now to some how get the next sector upgraded, any ideas?

Nice one
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I am with amaroo Ben - fortune favours the bold - never be backward in asking / suggesting upgrade - what is the worst thing they will say? NO sorry Sir.
 

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*A seems to be better in this regard, as in they have cross-airline upgrade-with-points arrangement in place.
 
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