Flying to Singapore: Qantas economy or Jetstar business?

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Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Hi All

My employer has given me the choice of Qantas exonomy or Jestar business to Singapore. I have chosen Jetstar, but are now wondering if I should pay for the "Max" pack out of my own pocket. I am QF Gold so don't need lounge - it is just a question of whether the $400 out of pocket is worth it for the 240 status credits (won't get me to platinum) and the 16000 or so points.

Interested in your thoughts, thanks in advance!

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Steve987,

It's interesting that you've chosen Jestar Business instead of Qantas Economy. That to me implies that you value comfort over earning SC/points.

If that is the case, and assuming you have taken into consideration your travel plans this year to retain QFF Gold, I would not bother paying $400 for the points.

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 19 Mar 2014

Total posts 358

Ditto

Which aircraft do jetsar operate to Singapore? Would be interest to hear how that stacks up.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

They fly the Airbus A330-200 with recliner seats in Business.

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

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Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

One of the reviews I read Henry's and I managed to secure 2D both directions!!!

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Thanks folks, yes it was the comfort that mattered most and all of the reviews I read compared Jetstar business to Qantas premium economy (not always favourably, but certainly no suggestions Qantas economy was better as well).

I am interested to see what the standard is like as well, having never flown Jetstar domestically or internationally and having flown everything but first class with Qantas internationally and domestically. The most common comparison I have seen is domestic business in one of the non-upgraded 737s / old 767 business with the iPad.

Fonga

Member since 12 Feb 2014

Total posts 61

Be keen to read a review comparing the two Steve.

Jetstar has four A330s left now? Wonder when they go all 787 and those four go QF.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

I will upgrade this thread after the travel Fonga :)

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Do two common comparisons!!!

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

So...

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jan 2013

Total posts 162

You don't need the 240 SCs or the lounge access, but you may look on the $400 out of your own pocket (since your employer is picking up the rest) as a cheap boost to your Qantas Lifetime Status Credits. That's probably the only reason to bother going for it (7,000 or 14,000 might seem a long way off but as someone just about to hit Lifetime Gold these things can sneak up on you).

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Good points gippsflyer!

Hadn't thought of that!

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Thanks Gippsflyer, that is a good point. I am only at 4500 lifetime credits, so lifetime gold is a long way away, but should have lifetime silver in the next four years or so. 

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Folks, I have worked out that the status credits on offer will ensure I get to 1000 and therefore entitle me to the extra 8000 bonus points at that point.

240 status credits and, in effect, 24000 points for $400 seems like an ok deal - will get me classic reward return flights from Melbourne to Sydney plus a business class upgrade from Melbourne to Brisbane.

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