Different earning rates between Qantas FF and BA Executive Club?

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LondonAussie

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Jul 2014

Total posts 79

I have just recently completed a Trip to Australia with my Wife, myself being a QFF, with here as a BA Exec Club (BAE).

I had to change 2 of her flights on a partially completed booking, which required her travel class to be upgraded from O to V. Now, looking at her BAE Tier and FF points awarded, BA have acknowledged that her flights were V, but only awarded her as per a discount ticket.

I have checked the QFF and BAE sites, with QFF stating that V is flex / semi flex, whilst BAE stating it is a discounted Econ Ticket.

Does anyone know if this is correct, as I assumed BAE should be following the Qantas awarding scheme as the flights are provided by them, but since V is a BAE discounted, perhaps they follow their own in-house policy.

Any help appreciated.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,096

Hi LondonAussie,

You've answered your question in the third paragraph.

On Qantas flights credited to British Airways, the V 'fare bucket' earns at the 25% discount economy rate – the same as O.

Through Qantas Frequent Flyer on international flights, V earns as 'Economy' rather than 'Discount Economy'.

The number of points you earn is determined by the frequent flyer program that you're crediting flights to – if you choose to credit to BA rather than Qantas, you earn points at the rates mentioned on the British Airways website rather than the Qantas website, which applies when earning points through QFF.

Cheers,

-Chris

LondonAussie

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Jul 2014

Total posts 79

Cheers Chris,

I did suspect that was indeed the case, but you can always live in hope.

Shannon

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,060

LondonAussie,

Chris is correct. You will earn at a discount rate on a BAEC account when flying in V inventory on a QF coded flight. 

As you have begun to realise, for the purposes for mileage/avios/points accrual, an airline's label such as "Flex", "Semi Flex" etc. mean absolutely nothing.

The key for accrual purposes is inventory or fare-bucket of the flight and what your freuqent flyer programme is awarding by way of accruals for thoes inventory bookings.

That is why it is extremely inconvenient and bordering on the unconscionable when an airline does not declare the booking inventory of selected flight at the point or prior to purchase. In essence people are being asked to make a purchase withouth having full knowledge of the item that they are purchasing.

MissBasset

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Aug 2012

Total posts 69

Agree with above. It can be a real hassle finding out which code applies to your intended purchase. Why not state it upfront (as UA does~ saves a call to the airline).

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