silly question - do Qantas sell "economy" tickets all I can find it "discount economy" !

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flybytom

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silly question - do Qantas sell "economy" tickets all I can find it "discount economy" !! Thanks

driley28

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Flexi Saver and Fully Flexible are considered as economy fares for the earning of status credits.  Red e-deals are considered as discount economy for the purpose of earning status credits.

flybytom

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I'm looking to fly melboune - london: when I look at the Qantas website the flex info says

  • This fare is classed as Discount Economy when Status credits are earned or when points are redeemed for a Flight Upgrade Award.

watson374

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Try booking a flexi fare and you should find it comes up classed as 'Economy'. Why do you want an Economy fare, rather than a Discount Economy fare?

TheRealBabushka

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Flybytom,

I hear what you're saying. Have just done a mock booking on the QF website for LHR/MEL. You are right. Even the "Flex" fare is categorised as Discount Economy, somewhat deceptively in my opinion!

The thing with Qantas is that the "Economy" category for mileage accrual purposes is only limited to Y and B inventory. What this means is that your fare would actually be so high such that you are better off booking a discounted Premium Economy Seat in T inventory. Obviously when you do that your rate of accrual is significantly higher. That to me is a better proposition.

As watson374 was asking, why are you wanting to book an "Economy" fare?

flybytom

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My company only  purchase economy or flexi economy..  I was thinking of the FF benefits and if there was difference

TheRealBabushka

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I suggest in that case, make your booking through a travel agent and request  Y inventory. My apologies - I've just checked and for international sectors "Economy" for accrual purposes is limited only to Y inventory.

Company policies tsk, tsk, tsk - You've got to love the law of unintended consequences!

watson374

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Even the fully flexible fares come up as Discount Economy for QFF - same result as TRB - so there doesn't seem to be much point. If you really want the additional status credits - Economy supposedly earns double SCs relative to Discount Economy - you could do that, but unless corporate policy dictates you cannot book a higher travel class, I'd go with TRB's suggestion of booking Premium Economy in T inventory.

watson374

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Never mind - do what TRB said! Make them pay the maximum for the ticket so you can get the double SCs!

aaflyer

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plus the upgrades from Y to Premium are the lowest "priced" upgrades.   24000 each way LHR-MEL.  

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