QF premium - delaying qf10 overnight stop over

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ryanpst

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Member since 27 Jun 2013

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QF premium - delaying qf10 overnight stop over

ryanpst

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 65

Hey ausbt family - I'm flying premium into Melbourne on qf10 around 9pm in a couple of weeks on my way to Sydney. (Price was hundreds of pounds less than going direct, even with a hotel overnight) what do you think the chances of arriving into Melb and then asking to get a later flight up to Syd the next morning would be?

smit0847

Member since 30 Aug 2013

Total posts 148

Is this all on one booking with the MEL-SYD flight the next morning anyway? It would be impossible to make a domestic connection to SYD if you are landing in MEL at 9pm to beat the SYD curfew anyway.

Usually people ask for earlier flights, not later. I'd call QF and see if they can move you to a later MEL-SYD flight. There may be a change fee/fare difference applicable.

FrequentFlyer

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Member since 20 Mar 2012

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I believe the post was asking about flights the next morning, not the night of MEL arrival. It's unlikely and would depend mostly on seat availability the next day, my experience is that QF generally don't like changing peoples' flights unless necessary or paid.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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I think the question is generally unclear. Although I suspect pax is arriving in MEL then doing MEL/SYD the next day e.g. on the 6am service. So the pax is wondering if it's possible to do a later MEL/SYD service e.g. 10am or later.

There is obviously no harm calling up Qantas to ask if they can change it to a later flight. But if you ask me, this is a result of the flight pairining that Qantas does in its reservation system. I suspect a later MEL/SYD might be more expensive as the segments would have to be de-paired (is that a word?).

But by all means call Qantas. QF is not very transparent with its fare rules due to its  smarter revenue management system (smarter for the airline - ridiculously dumb and opaque for the customer), unlike CX or AA so you'll never know all the additional cost associated with a change.

ryanpst

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Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 65

Thanks for the feedback. You're right trb - the pairing offered was 6am the next morning. When I'd originally booked there were plenty of options later in the day for the same price but I changed to the qf10 flight 2 days earlier and it wouldn't let me change the Mel / syd flight. Rather than trying to call to change such a small flight I figured that by turning up in Melb straight off the uk flight and asking I'd have a better chance. We are flying in premium so the last flight is semi flexible.

It's not the end of the world if it can't be changed but since we are travelling with a 3 month old it would help if we can get a sleep in the next morning.

highflyer

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Member since 10 Apr 2012

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Go into manage my bookings and have a look if you can change your bookings yourself first.  I recently bought a paired int'l/domestic booking, and was able to change the domestic part of the booking without any hassles.

ryanpst

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Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 65

Thanks for the suggestion, it's greyed out though and says to call. For a £75 change fee of course!

highflyer

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Member since 10 Apr 2012

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Oh, yeah mine was a fairly flexible fare. 

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