How long to transit domestic to int at Syd on QF?

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obanpointer

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How long to transit domestic to int at Syd on QF?

Need to transit from t3 to t1 and want to use the F lounge in Syd before my 13:00 departure on the a380 on qf in f. Have 1:50 at the airport will I have time for lunch or a massage?

Andrew Barkery

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Ideally, I would have more than the 1:50 though, but I do note that that is the only timing allowed by QF on a lot of bookings.

I have done it in the 1:50 before, and it was a rush, as the bus can take 30 mins to get across.

I think too that QF does this so that only a very select few would be able to use the loung in your situation, as in mine, as I live in ADL, and only have a very short connection time too, on a few of my bookings, that deter me from using the SYD QFi J lounge.

Some say it can be done, but I will say its tight.

521303

Member since 03 Jan 2012

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My last two trips to make QF 007 to Dallas, I have not managed to get into the First lounge in SYD.  Last on Thursday 7th May.  And it's happened on a few occassions previously as well for Sydney to LAX on A380. I connect from Perth on the 530am flight, and if its delayed by even 30 minutes for any reason, there simply isn't enough time to catch the bus, clear customs, clear international security and make it to the Lounge. On a couple of occassions in the last 5 years, I've actually missed the connection all together as the place has departed before Perth flight arrives.  Sorry, but it just depends on your arrival time - if on time, you'll get to the lounge for a very quick lunch.

Serg

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Transfer is not that long, but 1:50 is very little time. Quick lunch yes, booze definitely, massage very questionable. Choose earlier arrival to Sydney.

obanpointer

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Tried to change but qf want $400 plus costs just to move my abx to Syd flight earlier. Even though I can book this flight for $35 and 8000 ff points. Not being very helpful as usual, good old qf.

Serg

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You have first class ticket, so according to QF you have to pay premium for flight change. Not much logic is not it?

markpk

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Serg,

That's patently incorrect. 

Qantas like all airlines sell fares in buckets ranging from premium/full economy, down to heavily discounted fares - all of which have a range of conditions, flexibility, rewards etc. 

Chances are Obanpointer has booked the first leg of the trip using a discounted fare and there may not be any more fares at that level available - hence the steep fees to make the change (which reflects moving to a higher fare grade plus a change fee). 

Travellers need to read the fare conditions before they book! 

markpk

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Obanpointer,

When I fly to the US I usually do so BNE-SYD-LAX - I choose to fly via SYD so as to enjoy the First lounge and the A380 - I ensure my layover in Sydney is 3+hrs. I make the decisions as to what flights I book and I'm prepared to pay more to get the right layover time. 

I don't see why you would post a comment that Qantas isn't being very helpful when clearly you made the original booking - why wouldn't you have chosen an earlier flight so as to allow more time in the First lounge? 

How or why is this now a Qantas problem.

If you're really concerned about the bus transit time, look up the train timetable and walk downstairs and cough up the $5+ dollars to get the train from T3 to T1...

Doubleplatinum Banned

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So you booked a heavily discounted fare obviously and whinge when you get charged high change fees? Good old qf? Methinks not

Serg

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Markpk,

I understand where you coming from and know all those small prints. If OP has separate booking then you will be 100% correct. However chances are that he has one booking and simply did not think in advance about lounge. I am sure that I am correct because fully flexible economy ticket ABX-SYD (there are no business class over there) cost $329 one way, so $400 + cost looks incredibly ridiculous. He never tells us - may be he platinum one flying heavy discounted fare, who knows? But again chances are that he not flying that often otherwise he would know. So as very least he has business or more likely first class tickets. So when you paying peanuts like $90 MEL-SYD, you should not expect QF (or any other carrier for this merit) to be super-flexible. But when one fork 10 grand (MEL-LHR in business) I honestly expect carrier to be superflexible regardless what fare ticket sold under. This is where my irony came from

Cheers

jianga

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Sometimes QF don't give you any option for booking flights with longer connecting time when you book on their website.The alternative is to either call them and book over the phone and pay the 'Phone booking service Fee', or simply go to a good old travel agent and get them to orginise you an ideal conneting flight.

Agree with Serg though, when one spends 10K+ for a flight, any full service airlines should be at leaset flexible enough to change the connecting flight without charging a ridiculous 'change fee'.

obanpointer

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Yes. I was unaware of the time it will take in Sydney. Yes I have paid over 10 k for an f fare and yes I am upset that now I realise this, which quite frankly qf could have pointed out when I booked the fare over the phone, they are unwilling to compromise. I can book an abx to Syd fare on the earlier flight for  45 bucks and 8000 ff points and pick up in syd but they won't let me cancel the first part of the flight. I understand rules are rules but when u are paying  this amount of money I would expect them to meet me half way. I am not asking them to change the f ticket just the connecting flight to make the journey more comfortable. My experience with ba and sin has been far better.

obanpointer

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Ps would the train get me there quicker. I don't give a damn about the massage, I just want 45 mins for a hassle free lunch.

lotsamiles

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You'll easily make it. 

A380 gates are close to the lounge, and with 1hr50m there is plenty of time. Remember that boarding starts at least 45m prior to departure. So if you are not fussed about being the first one on-board or dont need much time to 'settle in' on board, you will make it comfortably.  45 minute lunch will be relaxing but easily condensed if need be, just place complete order when ordering, (rather than drinks... then meal)

Enjoy!

Phil Young

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Member since 22 Oct 2012

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1.  When travelling long-haul in F it's worth enjoying all the benefits of that class, including everything that the Flounge in SYD has to offer, including the delightful food & beverages, and their lovely spa.  If I was travelling from Albury I'd consider coming up the evening before and either catching up or staying with a friend or family in Sydney, or just spending the night at the airport Rydges.  I have an intense hate for short connection times.  If your flight from ABX is delayed by just 30 mins you'll be panicking whether you'll make your flight from SYD.  It's not worth it.  And keep in mind that whilst the flight departs at 1.50 they'll close the gate at sometime around 1:30, and that'll cut into your already short connection time.  Additionally, I like to board early when travelling in F, for the pre-flight champagne they serve in F is outstanding, and far superior to what is served in the Flounge.

2.  It's still worth considering moving your flight from Albury to an earlier time or day, even if it costs you $35 and a few points.  But if you do that you must talk with QF about it, for you just can't be a no-show on your booked flight from ABX as they'll probably cancel your ticket from SYD.  Leave lots of connection time and enjoy your whole trip.

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