Any problems booking return to NZ as two one way bookings?

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tronek

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Any problems booking return to NZ as two one way bookings?

My parents want to book a QF SYD to AKL return flight but it would put them over the introductory limit for their new Qantas AMEX (they want to pay with this card to get the standard + introductory bonus points). Are there any problems of booking SYD-AKL as a one way ticket, paying off the card, then booking AKL-SYD as another one way ticket? AMX have already advised them not to preload the card in advance (they said they might suspect money laundering), and that the card is too new for them to get a temporary limit increase. They're also aware that QF would charge an extra $7 booking fee.

I've noticed that a AKL-SYD one way trip is quoted in NZD, presumably because it's the country of origin, and even with the NZD/AUD conversion rate it's quite a bit cheaper than the AUD price of the 2nd leg of a return booking.

Any known problems of booking each direction separately would be appreciated.

tronek

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I should add... they are booking a business fare

watson374

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There doesn't sound like there should be any problem at all.

brobro

Member since 02 Jan 2013

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There wont be a problem. I recently completed a return Sydney - Wellington but completed and paid for each sector on its own booking.....no issue what so ever.

charlieg

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Member since 16 Feb 2012

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You can link the bookings to provide a seemless experience. Just ring Qantas after making the bookings and ask them to 'link' the two booking references.

Enjoy your flight!

Doubleplatinum Banned

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What charlieg said

Merc25

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Member since 29 Jun 2013

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Book them separately ,the Syd to Akl on the Australian website and the Akl toSyd on the NZ website ,I have done this many times and it saves money !! The taxes are normally lower as well.do not try to link them on the Australian site or you will be charged the Australian rates.hope this helps and good luck

Kogglogs

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Member since 22 Apr 2013

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As long as they're travelling on an Australian passports (or another passport with similar privilage of passage to AU passport holders), it won't be a problem. Have done it myself a bunch of times without incident. 

jhor

Member since 18 Nov 2013

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Not recommended on a South African passport, you need a return ticket with some passports. But with Australian passports it shouldn't be a problem.

tronek

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Thanks everyone. My parents have Australian passports, and when I sent them the link to this page they were most amused to see the AUSBT community offering good advice and talking about them.

readosunnycoast

Member since 05 Oct 2011

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The fares will be different (in each direction). Likely the AKL>>>>SYD will end up a little cheaper this way.

readosunnycoast

Member since 05 Oct 2011

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Sorry,  I didnt read more recent parts of the blog (already covered).  Hope folks have a great time.

tronek

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Member since 10 May 2013

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All worked smoothly. I managed to get them on the EK A380 codeshare, so their first time in business is going to be a good one.

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