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#1 Tue, 10/02/2015 - 11:18

Qantas 'bid now' upgrades now available

Qantas have now introduced 'bid now' upgrades. A few other airlines have already done this, so it's good to see this happening. It means that if you are travelling on Qantas (most likely on the longer flights) you can bid using cash or cash & points to be upgraded - say from economy to premium economy or business. Only trick at the moment is it seems to be by invitation only ie you have to wait and hope you get an email asking if you would like to bid on an upgrade.... if it works, hopefully it will be opened up a little more!



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Tue, 10/02/2015 - 20:09

Qantas hasn't offered detailed guidelines on who might qualify, but it seems reasonable to assume that high-status flyers and people who have booked full-fare tickets will be at the front of the queue.



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Tue, 10/02/2015 - 20:12

Sharktank wrote:
Qantas hasn't offered detailed guidelines on who might qualify, but it seems reasonable to assume that high-status flyers and people who have booked full-fare tickets will be at the front of the queue.

Agree with Sharktank, The second downside is that you have to bid both points and cash. The minimum amount of points required for a domestic upgrade will be 3000; for international it’s 5000. There will also be a minimum amount of money you have to spend, though Qantas hasn’t said what it is. In reality, it’s likely to vary for every flight. You can choose to bid more than the minimum amount, but that means you may be outbid by other flyers.



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Tue, 10/02/2015 - 20:20

For Australia, I’d suggest the only routes which ever justify that level of expenditure are East Coast to Perth, or Far North Queensland to the southern states.



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Tue, 10/02/2015 - 20:21

mjay wrote:
For Australia, I’d suggest the only routes which ever justify that level of expenditure are East Coast to Perth, or Far North Queensland to the southern states.

Any routes for international travel?



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Tue, 10/02/2015 - 20:38

utba wrote:

mjay wrote:For Australia, I’d suggest the only routes which ever justify that level of expenditure are East Coast to Perth, or Far North Queensland to the southern states.

Any routes for international travel?

Any where outside New Zealand would work!



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Wed, 11/02/2015 - 12:42

Nice start but doubt I'll ever be offered it, as I don't fly frequently (let alone on Qantas). *Sigh* :(



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Thu, 16/07/2015 - 02:09

Qantas using Emirates flights now - "Combined route" - I bought Qantas tickets and I was told to fly in Emirates to Singapore



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