Member since 07 Jun 2015
Total posts 3
Hi all! My husband
and I want to go to Japan next year. We have 450,000 Qantas points but only
Bronze membership - we utilise our credit cards well! We are retired and trying
to get the most from our points. My questions are: Is it better to buy the
economy seats with cash and then go for a business class upgrade or purchase
them outright initially with points? What is the best way to utilise the
points? Further, I've been reading about speaking with revenue management to
try and get the upgrades. Does that work with Qantas? :) Anything is worth a
shot, I think. Thanks for your help in advance.
Member since 13 Sep 2013
Total posts 114
Revenue Management? I’m guessing you’ve been reading those bogus news(dot)com articles like “How to get an upgrade every time”, which are full of the worst advice ever!
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 300
That recent article about revenue management was talking about someone who would presumably spend a huge amount on flights each year, and not on QF. Certainly not your once a year holiday traveller with no status to speak of.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 08 Jun 2017
Total posts 29
In theory, there is a minute chance for a solo Bronze member to score an Award upgrade. It is even worst for a couple. I would cross out the upgrade option immediately.
Thank you everyone for your help. Yes, I did read the article and it sounded too good to be true. :)
Upgrading using points would use less points but unlikely to be successful. Solo Bronze travellers would be upgraded before a couple, so you'd be near the bottom of the upgrade queue.
Now that you're retired credit card churning would be harder, so replenishing your points balance would be difficult.
Sounds like you've done extremely well with your points strategy.
If you want to fly Business you'll need to purchase revenue Business airfares sometimes once you've depleted your points balance (budget permitting). Purchasing revenue tickets you earn points and status credits.
Member since 08 Aug 2016
Total posts 112
god that "revenue management" article was such a scam. I feel sorry for the poor people who have to receive the calls from the readers. You could tell it was fake as soon as it tried to reference Virgin Atlantic as having first class. lol
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