Qatar Airways SYD Connection

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787boeing

Member since 26 Aug 2019

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Hi all,

Have booked BNE-SYD-DOH-CDG for later this year. Flying VA to SYD and then QR rest of the way. Have booked a 3hr connection in SYD and am wandering if this is enough time. Additionally, do VA usually check you through to your final destination with QR.


Thanks,

Oskar

Sibelius

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Aug 2017

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To answer your second question first: Virgin Australia does not appear to have an interline agreement with Qatar, so no, Virgin will not check you or your luggage through to your final destination. You'll need to collect your checked-in luggage in Sydney, travel to the international terminal under your own steam (I'd suggest the train), and then check-in with Qatar.

Is 3 hours enough of a connection to do this? Probably. If nothing goes wrong. But if your Virgin flight is delayed, or the trains aren't running in Sydney (a relatively frequent event, especially on weekends), or something goes wrong, neither Qatar nor Virgin will be held responsible for helping you or putting you on a later Qatar flight. Personally, I would give myself 4-hours or more in Sydney to be safe.

Lifetime Bronze

Olympic Air - Travelair

Member since 16 Oct 2017

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Further to Sibelius's post...

Depending on how much time you have you could use either of the following to transfer from DOM to INT:

Train: AirportLink ‘Terminal Transfer'. Cost is $6.70 and estimated travel time is around 3 mins.

TBus: Free terminal transfer. Estimated travel time is 10-15 mins.

Public Bus: 400, 420. Cost is $2.24 and generally same travel time as TBus. Note bus departs from the front of T3.

Hope this helps!

787boeing

Member since 26 Aug 2019

Total posts 4

Thanks for the tips. As it is the 1640 departure on a Tuesday it will probs work. Thanks again.

NQflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jun 2015

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Is your VA flight on the same booking? If so it should be checked all the way through. If you've made it separately then no.

Alternatively if you can cancel VA flight and book a QF award flight this would normally be checked through to your final destination.


Can I ask if you didn't book all the way from BNE, why you didn't? QR allows you to book connections from BNE.

787boeing

Member since 26 Aug 2019

Total posts 4

Originally Posted by NQflyer

Is your VA flight on the same booking? If so it should be checked all the way through. If you've made it separately then no.

Alternatively if you can cancel VA flight and book a QF award flight this would normally be checked through to your final destination.


Can I ask if you didn't book all the way from BNE, why you didn't? QR allows you to book connections from BNE.

It's on the one booking all the way through but have seen stuff both ways in which VA do or don't check bags through.

thibault

Air France - Flying Blue

Member since 07 Nov 2018

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My partner flew BNE SYD DOH ZRH with Qatar Airways.

First segment was with Virgin - he was checked in all the way through Zurich as well as his bags.

They just reprinted the boarding passes at the gate at Sydney.

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

Total posts 102

Originally Posted by Sibelius

To answer your second question first: Virgin Australia does not appear to have an interline agreement with Qatar, so no, Virgin will not check you or your luggage through to your final destination. You'll need to collect your checked-in luggage in Sydney, travel to the international terminal under your own steam (I'd suggest the train), and then check-in with Qatar.

Is 3 hours enough of a connection to do this? Probably. If nothing goes wrong. But if your Virgin flight is delayed, or the trains aren't running in Sydney (a relatively frequent event, especially on weekends), or something goes wrong, neither Qatar nor Virgin will be held responsible for helping you or putting you on a later Qatar flight. Personally, I would give myself 4-hours or more in Sydney to be safe.

Both VA and QF are connection options when booking QR flights from BNE, or ports not served by QR in Australia, and they'll check bags through to the final destination. Just need to collect the QR boarding pass from a transit or service desk on arrival.

DanV

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2017

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VA I believe lists all their full list of interline partners in the on-board magazine. The partners on the website (apart from their codeshares/JV partners) are not the full list.


QR is listed as one of their interline partners in the onboard magazine.

Last editedby DanV at Feb 17, 2020, 11:57 AM.

MRYJDrake

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 31 Oct 2016

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Based on this:

Check in at Brisbane. And ask.

Plan for them to not be checked through.

Be pleasantly surprised if they are.

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

Total posts 102

Originally Posted by MRYJDrake

Based on this:

Check in at Brisbane. And ask.

Plan for them to not be checked through.

Be pleasantly surprised if they are.

It's one booking and VA/QR have an interline agreement, they'll be checked through at BNE.

NQflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jun 2015

Total posts 47

Yep, if you're all booked on a single QR ticket then let of the deal is through check-in.

NQflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jun 2015

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Also... three hours is plenty of time.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

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Moved to the new Qatar Airways section of the Community.

Nickj338395

Member since 21 Aug 2019

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On that oft discussed terminal transfer, the free bus is the most painless. Otherwise bags and all down two sets of escalators to the train platform, navigating the entry gates at the station, and doing the same one stop later. Plus $6.70 lighter for a three minute ride. In a parallel universe or next life will be a transit train linking Sydney airport much like HK, DFW etc. Have a good trip

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