Chauffeur Drive: booking QF-coded Emirates flights via Webjet?

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Joshb

Qantas - QFF Platinum

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 122

Considering booking First Class via Webjet (Europe to Australia return), on QF coded EK operated flights. Can anyone tell me if you can still organise chauffeur drives with a booking like this? Also, if points/status credits are still earned? I see you can input FF details, but it also states 'cannot guarantee' this

wanderlust

Virgin Australia Platinum

Member since 09 Sep 2014

Total posts 60

Hello,

You should be able to have chauffeur service on EK operated flights since your itinerary is between Australia and Europe. You will receive a chauffeur service at each departure and arrival.

1. Australia departure

2. Europe arrival

3. Europe departure

4. Australia arrival

You could also receive the service in Dubai if you are stopping over instead of transiting.

You can confirm this information by calling Emirates directly. The website lists the terms and conditions for the car service but you can get an answer over the phone if you'd like to be absolutely positive.

In regards to your points/status credits, it depends on which frequent flyer program you are using.

If you are using Emirates Skywards, you will earn miles at 1.50 per mile flown (FIRST CLASS). HOWEVER you will NOT receive any tier miles. It is stated clearly that "Tier Miles will not be available on any flights with a QF flight number."

If you are using Qantas Frequent Flyer, you will earn both points and status credits. Using the points/status credits calculator on the Qantas website will determine exactly the number of points/credits you will earn. You will get a 50% points bonus for flying First in addition to any bonuses according to your respective tier. Qantas only allows you to earn points and status credits on Emirates flights when those flights are Qantas coded. "Points are not earned on Codeshare Flights operated by an airline other than Qantas. Selected flights operated by Qantas Frequent Flyer partner airlines also offer the option of a Qantas (QF) flight number. When booking a QF flight number, members earn Qantas Points and Status Credits at the Qantas rate."

In sum, if you choose QFF, you will get the points/status credits because they are QF coded. If you choose Emirates Skywards, you will only get miles, but not tier miles.

And booking via WebJet shouldnt make a difference, but if you find the same fare on Qantas.com, it could make things easier to book directly.

Joshb

Qantas - QFF Platinum

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 122

Thanks Sean, it would be for a QFF. Sorry should have mentioned that

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 May 2012

Total posts 302

Yes, you can.  To ensure you get the chauffeur drive, SC etc, after booking through a third party website, get the 6 digit reference number with your surname and enter the details into qantas.com and put your frequent flyer number into the booking and add details for chauffeur drive.  It would be just easier to book through qantas.com.

Joshb

Qantas - QFF Platinum

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 122

Brilliant thanks driley28

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,060

Why would you book it via webjet? Don't they tag on fees etc? Surely it's cheaper booking directly with Qantas.

Joshb

Qantas - QFF Platinum

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 122

Hey TRB, glad you asked.

It was a multi city booking (MXP-PER, BNE-MXP) which you cannot book via qantas.com, it says to contact a QF call centre.

I did this and the QF coded flights (exact same as those booked through webjet) came out at nearly 17k. Booking through emirates.com you can secure these flights but, as you know, only gives you EK coded flights. The price for this was about the equivalent of $8750 and webjet a couple hundred more than that. Entirely worth the extra couple of hundred to get full status credits as well as points given that it was a First booking.

What was interesting is that the guy in the QF call centre told me to try Expedia or Webjet. I would have thought it is in QF's interests to have as many bookings as possible going directly through them as opposed to agents, but then I don't know the inner machinations of QF.

 

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,060

Thanks Joshb. That is revealing of the Qantas approach and culture. Not very impressed.

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