Question about Qantas upgrade from Economy to Business.

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Short_T

Member since 14 Apr 2015

Total posts 6

Question about Qantas upgrade from Economy to Business. I plan to use my points to upgrade an upcoming trip from Melbourne to LAX to business class, just wondering how many status points would I get, and also if I would still earn frequent flyer points on this upgrade? Thanks very much in advance!

Hayden

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Jan 2015

Total posts 94

First of all, good luck with that, depending on the time of year it is next to impossible unless you hold some form of status with QANTAS. Also, having to run the risk of purchasing the more expensive flex ticket with the small possibility of getting an upgrade.

You will earn the economy status credits and frequent flyer points for your flight, as that is what you have paid for.So assuming a flexible economy ticket, which you will need to have purchased to upgrade to business, you should get 200 status credits and 19,200 points.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 427

I would start the other way, ie, have a one way J fare, and use your points for Points plus Pay, with this you will earn at the J rate, both for earning QF FF points and also for the more important QF SC.

Doing the way you want, while it could be more economical, would see you earn as Hayden said, the points under the flexY fare you paid, not at the upper J fare.

Its also a lottery, as if you were a QF NB or QF PS, you would have least chance.  QF SG wouid have a bit better chance, QF WP or P1 will have the most chance.

With Points plus Pay, at the least you will know if you have gotten that J class seat soon as you book.

You could do a J class one way, if you don't want to pay a lot.

I have done Points plus Pay.

The absolute worst thing, to do, is to tick the box for classic flight reward seats, where you use all available points (ie, not buy a flexY seat), and have no points earnt, either for QF FF or QF SC.

charlieg

QantasFF Platinum

Member since 16 Feb 2012

Total posts 133

It all depends on your status and fare class booked, sometimes there is a lower earning rate, that still allows upgrades by points (although more are used)  - see below points and status credits, for different Economy tickets as per Qantas calculator (based on one-way)

I would suggest that without status, you'd have better chance of getting upgrade if using 'Bid Now Upgrade' feature.

Short_T

Member since 14 Apr 2015

Total posts 6

Thanks very much for the information. Because my flight is booked through work, I am currently a gold status flyer just missing about 500 points to get me to Platnium status, I figure I might give it a try and see if I can somehow upgrade to Business class for the upcoming trip and with the status credits I might be able to collect Platnium Status this way. But according to your information, even if I manage to get the upgrade I would only get status credit for the economy ticket that my work paid for, is that right?

Also even though my flight is coming up this weekend, I have not receive an invitation for the bid now upgrade offer, was wondering does everyone receive this invitation? Also is it possible to take part in the bid without an invitation? Thanks very much!!!

charlieg

QantasFF Platinum

Member since 16 Feb 2012

Total posts 133

But according to your information, even if I manage to get the upgrade I would only get status credit for the economy ticket that my work paid for, is that right?

Correct.

Also is it possible to take part in the bid without an invitation?

Dont know....try it! http : // www . qantas . com . au / travel / airlines / upgrade / global / en

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Status points? This if you actually get upgrade and this is very slim chanses. So stop to worry about status and start to worry if you get upgrade at first place.

Short_T

Member since 14 Apr 2015

Total posts 6

Just tried to access the bid system, for some odd reasons my last name and booking reference is coming up as invalid, guess my booking is not eligible for the bid program :(

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