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Using VA flights to earn SQ miles

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hakkinen5

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Aug 2014

Total posts 118

Hi, I'm VA platinum about to drop to Gold. I've just opened a SQ Krisflyer account, and by August I'll be close to gold, but with no future Star Alliance travel planned. I have several Mel-Perth trips booked and paid for on VA metal, with VA tickets. Once I'm in the lounge, can I ask the staff to put my SQ Krisflyer number on my boarding pass and expect to earn the additional SQ miles I need for gold? Or can I only earn that way if I bought the tix through SQ in the first place (which I didn't)?

Follow-up question: I can't seem to book Aus domestic codshare sectors on the SQ website (i.e. MEL-PER). I'm guessing to book these sectors it would have to be part of an international ticket (i.e. SIN-MEL-PER)? Is that correct?

Thanks for any help.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 422

Yes, you cant/wont be able to ever book Australian domestic sectors on the SQ/or any other international airlines website, its due to something like the US cabotage rules.

The only time that this was relaxed was during the pilots strike a few years ago.

International airlines cannot carry Australian domestic passengers, unless its QF/JQ doing one of their domestic pax on an international flight things.

Like you cant book SYD - CBR on that SQ flight, unless you are flying SYD - CBR - SIN.

I was trying to find SQ MEL - ADL flights on the SQ website and cant, unless I book SQ WLG - MEL - ADL in J/subclass of it.

Edit: even SIN - MEL with SQ, then VA MEL - PER might not link. The system might put you SIN - PER as the only option.

Try options on the SQ website and see what comes up.

Last editedby Andrew Barkery at Jun 23, 2018, 03:44 AM.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 422

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 422

There are some articles that are a good read, AusBT wont allow me to put links up, anti spam, the blurb says.
But over the past many years, the press and others say that foreign airlines should be allowed to carry Australian domestic passengers, but the relevant law/statute has never been amended to allow it, do a google search on "international airlines should be allowed to fly domestic routes..." etc.

ChrisCh

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,024

Andrew: If you'd read the blurb, you'd have seen that links posted are subject to approval by the admin team, not banned entirely. If your post is flagged for manual approval, please do not try to make another post in such a way as to get around the moderation software, when your original post is still pending approval.

We'd ask you not to do this again - this creates more work for the admin team in 'cleaning up' topics and posts, and trying to circumvent the site's security software is against site policies, and if repeated, may require us to revoke your commenting privileges.

hakkinen5

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Aug 2014

Total posts 118

OK so back to my first question, for my existing VA bookings Mel to Per, if this flight is a codeshare, can I instead put my SQ number on the booking and earn SQ miles?

ExLibris76

Member since 09 Jul 2012

Total posts 19

OK so back to my first question, for my existing VA bookings Mel to Per, if this flight is a codeshare, can I instead put my SQ number on the booking and earn SQ miles?
The answer is supposedly 'yes', but I had issues with trying to append my SQ number to VA domestic bookings in the past. Very briefly, I'm a VA Plat too, and in 2015 I had a couple of BNE-SYD return flights on VA which I booked as normal on the VA website. At the counter check-in I produced my SQ card and asked the agents to please enter my SQ membership number in place of my (default) VA frequent flyer number. All four check-in agents were happy to do this although I noted the process was laborious due to the amount of time it took. Anyway, to cut a long story short, none of those four flights were ever credited to my SQ account. Not one. And they were not credited to my VA account either! End result: I lost points from all four flights. I chose not to pursue this with VA as I had better things to do, and was already sitting on a decent pile of unused points. But since then I've just credited all my VA flights to my VA account and transferred them over to SQ as required. Things may have changed since 2015....I'm not sure. Hope this helps you a bit.


mannej

QF

Member since 21 May 2014

Total posts 161

The Pilot strike a few years ago? 1989 wasn't it...

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