Eligible flight from London to maintain status

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wamula

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Apr 2014

Total posts 5

Hi all, I live in London and now need just 1 more eligible flight with Qantas (or jetstar) to maintain my status. Apart from flying to Sydney or Singapore does anybody have any other suggestions on how i can get this one leg? I can also travel around the US fairly easily.

Any help or input would be appreciated

Philby

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Jan 2013

Total posts 14

Hi Wamula, unfortunately you can't buy code-share flights unless it connects to an Australian destination, for example MIA>LAX>SYD. So your options are very limited from London, and trip must end or start in Australia for Qantas flight, If price is a concern Maybe a Jetstar flight in Asia getting to Asia on budget airline first? If time is a concern the London-Singapore on QF2 is your only option.

Grannular

Member since 31 Mar 2014

Total posts 274

Probably easier to start gaining status with a local airline than flying half way around the world to maintain it with Qantas

Philby

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Jan 2013

Total posts 14

Originally Posted by Grannular

Probably easier to start gaining status with a local airline than flying half way around the world to maintain it with Qantas

Totally agree @Grannular, @Wamula is better off going with BA or AY or other European Oneworld carriers unless your doing at least 2 trips to Australia (or One trip with a stop over in Singapore or a cleaver way of skipping a full on stopover is to switch from QF2 to QF82 or QF36 (MEL) on the way and on the way back QF 81 or QF36 to QF1 giving you 4 QF flights)

wamula

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Apr 2014

Total posts 5

Originally Posted by Philby

Hi Wamula, unfortunately you can't buy code-share flights unless it connects to an Australian destination, for example MIA>LAX>SYD. So your options are very limited from London, and trip must end or start in Australia for Qantas flight, If price is a concern Maybe a Jetstar flight in Asia getting to Asia on budget airline first? If time is a concern the London-Singapore on QF2 is your only option.

Hi Philby,

Thanks so much for your reply this was the sort of information I was searching for. I have until October so i will see what comes up between now and then but at least now i know what my options are. Your help is appreciated.

wamula

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Apr 2014

Total posts 5

Originally Posted by Philby

Originally Posted by Grannular

Probably easier to start gaining status with a local airline than flying half way around the world to maintain it with Qantas

Totally agree @Grannular, @Wamula is better off going with BA or AY or other European Oneworld carriers unless your doing at least 2 trips to Australia (or One trip with a stop over in Singapore or a cleaver way of skipping a full on stopover is to switch from QF2 to QF82 or QF36 (MEL) on the way and on the way back QF 81 or QF36 to QF1 giving you 4 QF flights)

Hi Grannular and Philby,

Yes this thought had crossed my mind. The past few years of status extension has made it easy to maintain but now might be the right time to start with a local airline. I hadn’t expected to be living in London this long, had i known i would have made the switch several years ago.

I did recently fly to Australia and foolishly flew QF1 and QF2 and even a domestic trip (one leg as a classic rewards flight) but I’ve clearly lost my touch. I’ll need to start researching what my other options are and how to make the most of it.

Thank you so much for your input i have found it really helpful.

Mickinchicago

Member since 10 Sep 2018

Total posts 6

Lol why anybody would bother with Qantas status is beyond me. Just sign up for American Airlines!!! Would love to know one reason why you’d put points and status into wantas instead of American. 40k aa miles for biz from Australia to Asia and 80k to USA. With minimal fees

Mickinchicago

Member since 10 Sep 2018

Total posts 6

And why ba?! Flights way more expensive using points than aa with bigger surcharges. Why do Australians think that where you are based matters for your airline loyalty?

wamula

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Apr 2014

Total posts 5

Originally Posted by Mickinchicago

And why ba?! Flights way more expensive using points than aa with bigger surcharges. Why do Australians think that where you are based matters for your airline loyalty?

Hi Mick in Chicago, yes all valid points and now could be the perfect time to make the switch with a bit of research to make sure i make the best decision.


Mickinchicago

Member since 10 Sep 2018

Total posts 6

Good luckWamula. I think AA is a pretty decent program and has access to all of the seats that Qantas and BA have at a saver level. Perhaps one thing relevant with remaining with the airline you fly the most is advanced seat selection. This type of benefit often doesnt come with one world status on another airline. Just a thought.

thelongroad

Member since 14 Nov 2015

Total posts 54

Notwithstanding what others have said about changing your loyalty program, which is a reasonable point…

If you only need one more flight…

One does not need to show ID to get on a domestic flight….

Perhaps a beloved family member or friend in Australia who is the same sex and roughly the same age as you might be open to you paying for them to go on a day trip to a neighbouring city.

Assuming such a thing would not be illegal to do, even if the probability of getting caught is vanishingly close to zero.

Wall

QFF

Member since 17 May 2017

Total posts 7

Originally Posted by thelongroad

Notwithstanding what others have said about changing your loyalty program, which is a reasonable point…

If you only need one more flight…

One does not need to show ID to get on a domestic flight….

Perhaps a beloved family member or friend in Australia who is the same sex and roughly the same age as you might be open to you paying for them to go on a day trip to a neighbouring city.

Assuming such a thing would not be illegal to do, even if the probability of getting caught is vanishingly close to zero.

Looks as though it is illegal to fly under an assumed name so it's a NO GO!

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 732

I’ve been asked for ID as I recall, so they can ask. But on that it will probably be a slap on the wrist. Do note that you live in the UK may flag a check.

Philby

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Jan 2013

Total posts 14

Originally Posted by thelongroad

Notwithstanding what others have said about changing your loyalty program, which is a reasonable point…

If you only need one more flight…

One does not need to show ID to get on a domestic flight….

Perhaps a beloved family member or friend in Australia who is the same sex and roughly the same age as you might be open to you paying for them to go on a day trip to a neighbouring city.

Assuming such a thing would not be illegal to do, even if the probability of getting caught is vanishingly close to zero.

Totally illegal, between 2013 and 2016, 60 people were charged with flying under false names.

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