Qantas Platinum ...Is it worth It with advent of paid upgrades??

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OmarAwny

Member since 20 Sep 2017

Total posts 2

Originally Posted by Nickj338395

Originally Posted by NSCUK

I travel each 4 weeks, LHR-SIN-LHR on QF2/1 and book Premium Economy. I use my points to upgrade each way, and so far, have probably been upgraded 70% of the time. I have never seen on these flights empty business classes seats, probably because these flights are heavily booked as part of the Kangaroo route.

Platinum also allows me to use the first Cathay lounge at Heathrow, which is to be honest, miles more quieter and better than the so overcrowded Qantas lounge. So I think it is worth it

With you on the lounge. CX plus it's noodle bar is great. The QF gin bar is good though so time permitting would dive in there for a glass of the Portobello Road and then head down to Cathay!!

@Patrickk, these gate upgrades after check-in has closed - are they points based or based on "pretty please with a cherry on top"?

ZQN Fan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 27 Nov 2017

Total posts 28

Originally Posted by OmarAwny

Originally Posted by Nickj338395

Originally Posted by NSCUK

I travel each 4 weeks, LHR-SIN-LHR on QF2/1 and book Premium Economy. I use my points to upgrade each way, and so far, have probably been upgraded 70% of the time. I have never seen on these flights empty business classes seats, probably because these flights are heavily booked as part of the Kangaroo route.

Platinum also allows me to use the first Cathay lounge at Heathrow, which is to be honest, miles more quieter and better than the so overcrowded Qantas lounge. So I think it is worth it

With you on the lounge. CX plus it's noodle bar is great. The QF gin bar is good though so time permitting would dive in there for a glass of the Portobello Road and then head down to Cathay!!

@Patrickk, these gate upgrades after check-in has closed - are they points based or based on "pretty please with a cherry on top"?

Can be either. At the gate I've been bumped as a freebie (oversold flight), as well as a points-based request that was declined 12 hrs before. It's about the only time that a red light beep actually means something good.

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 340

Originally Posted by ZQN Fan

Certainly with Qantas, cash upgrades are processed after most points upgrades have been dealt with. Platinum requests are processed 3 days out and gold requests about 30hrs out (unsure on others). Cash upgrades are processed <24hrs out if there's anything still remaining. As mspcooper suggests, Qantas would much prefer to fill its empty premium seats and reduce its FF points liability at the same time.

I've tried cash upgrades when point upgrades aren't available (ie cheap international economy fares) and never had one come through.

Not sure if this is true (at least anymore). I got an offer yesterday for my flight to Perth that departs on wednesday night (1 week prior) for cash upgrade. My assumption based on this email is this: QF would prefer to fill up business class by getting $$$ more than FF points. I'm QF gold, so if i choose not to “buy” this upgrade, then i will be considered for points upgrade. From a business point, this makes full sense.

This is why sometimes, when you meet people who barely fly and who are obsessed with FF points, you have to worry about them and see why airlines get them hooked. People in this forum would know well, that FF points accruing is one thing, but then redemption is another whole issue.

I think QF have done a brilliant job making the mass market believe that their QF points are their source of income for their next holiday air ticket.

NSCUK

Member since 19 Aug 2017

Total posts 6

No, there was no cherry on top. When I book PE, I ask for a points upgrade immediately. And have had many a time been advised (very late by Q like, 5 hours before) that the upgrade wasn't granted, then when I turn up at the airport, I get the upgrade. What I tend to do is look at the availability in business, ie have they sold all the seats, and look at the probability. If all seats haven't been sold, then its likely I'll get the upgrade. There is no guarantee of course, but why leave business seats vacant, and not decrease the huge liability of FF points Q has on their books.

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