Flights Cheaper if Bought on a Code Share?

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Jono

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Member since 25 Jan 2013

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Does anyone know if you save anything by buying a flight under it's code share, rather then it's original name? 


That is, say I want a ticket on QF422, would it make any difference price, points or status wise if I went through the American Airlines website/system and bought the ticket as AA7360?

Just a passing thought?

brinkers

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Member since 16 Jun 2011

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While Price, points and status earn could all vary, the main issue would be that AA can't sell you a purely domestic Australia itinerary. AA7360 would have to be sold in conjunction with an international flight, for example.

Jono

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Member since 25 Jan 2013

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Good point Brinkers. What if it were a QF flight bought as a JQ code?

ajstubbs

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Sometimes you do. I have often booked J flights through KLM flying with other airlines and it's almost always cheaper. Eg in 2006 did four MH  business legs, saved $2000 booking through KLM. downsides are status credits and points tend to suffer! 

Jono

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Member since 25 Jan 2013

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As a previous poster mentioned (AA not being allowed to sell purely domestic Aussie itineraries,) perhaps it's only a trick for international routes. Or is this just an Aussie thing?


I wonder if I was going NYC to Miami (MIA) return on Delta (DL) and found the same flight with CZ codes, if it would be at CZ prices. Just a thought, don't hate a bargain hunter :)

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

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Hi Jono, you might be interested in this article we ran a little while ago: How codeshare flights could be costing you thousands...

There may certainly be times when booking a codeshare flight number can be cheaper than the actual 'operating' flight number, but in many cases the codeshare can be just as pricey, if not more so.

ajstubbs

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Bottom line - YMMV and you need to search each time and do the leg work :)

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